Plastic Bags

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The Oil Myth

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The Oil Myth

Fiction:  Plastic shopping bags used in Canada are made from oil, and are a waste of a non-renewable resource.

Fact:  In Canada, plastic shopping bags are primarily made from a by-product of natural gas production, ethane.

The Facts

  • Yes, plastic bags are primarily primarily made from a by-product of natural gas production, ethane.
  • The bags actually help conserve the resource. They are made from a strand of the natural gas refining process, that is burned off to lower the BTU value of the gas so that it doesn’t burn too hot when used as fuel in our homes and businesses.

  • Instead of allowing this by-product from natural gas production to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, the ethane gas is captured and essentially frozen into a solid form to make a plastic shopping bag.

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