Plastic Bag Bans Court Controversy

Toronto City Council’s recent decision to backtrack on previous plans to ban the use of plastic bags from grocery markets seems to come in opposition to the prevailing trend in North America. Across the continent, it’s true, many municipalities have instituted or are discussing some type of plastic bag ban or tariff similar to the 5-cent fee that was overturned by the same City Council last year. However, even a casual perusal of the headlines surrounding the issue reveals a mixed response overall.

The state of California is often touted for its progressive environmental laws and regulations but it has proved to be a divisive issue in many areas, voted down in some municipalities. Oregon and Nevada municipalities and New York State have also tried and failed to implement a plastic bag ban.

Consumer Concerns
Naturally, businesses – particularly small businesses – object based on cost and inconvenience. Editorial pages, however, have also been home to many complaints from consumers. It’s true that consumers are more and more interested in their own environmental choices, but they feel  understandably resentful of a situation where they have no control and they’re out of pocket – again.
• First, they have to buy the bag they used to get for free;
• Then, what happens if the reusable bag is forgotten at home? The consumer is then forced to purchase yet another bag.
Many consumers see it as just another grab at their wallets.

Smart Retailers and IceGreen
A smart retail solution to the shopping bag dilemma is to provide reusable bags. The green consumer movement is having its growing pains but it is still the wave of the future; just as non-smoking areas were controversial in the beginning, plastic bag bans will outgrow their controversy.

So, while city councils, provincial and state governments waffle back and forth, consumers are left with a series of temporary situations not knowing whether to bring their reusable shopping bags or not. Make it easier on them by offering any one of ICEGREEN’S many contaminant-free and lead-free bags.

ICEGREEN carries a wide-variety of customizable, stylish and commercially viable packaging options for B2C, B2B and Non-Profit customers large and small, including:
• Reusable Bags
• Reusable Produce Bags
• Reusable Thermal Bags
• Nylon Bags/Signature Series
• Reusable Paper Bags
• Eco-Friendly Gift Boxes
• Other Green Products
• Recycling Containers & Programs
• Stock Bags
• Eco-friendly plain tissue paper
• And more…

You can easily customize items with your logo, slogan or message to help establish your brand wherever your customers travel.
We offer a wide range of materials including cotton, bamboo, recycled PET, FSC-certified Kraft paper, and many others; most of our materials used contain recycled content and are recyclable as well. Our 9001-2000-certified factories are located in Canada, the U.S.A., China and India, with distribution centers across North America so we can ship worldwide.

Contact us today to find out more about reusable bags. Your customers will love them – and so will you!
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About Us
We manufacture and distribute a variety of innovative and environmentally responsible solutions that make sense for businesses and consumers alike. These include custom printed reusable bags, thermal bags, paper bags, eco-friendly poly bags, nylon bags, and tree-free stone paper bags. We also offer eco-jewellery packaging & gift boxes, recycled gift wrap, and eco-friendly plain tissue paper.
Our products are made from a wide range of materials including cotton, bamboo, recycled PET, FSC-certified Kraft paper and many others. Most of our materials used contain recycled content and are recyclable as well.
Supplying Custom Reusable Bags and other packaging across Canada including: Alberta, Edmonton, Calgary, British Columbia, Vancouver, Manitoba, Winnipeg, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Ontario, Toronto, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Montreal, Saskatchewan, Regina, Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, Nunavut, Iqaluit, Yukon, Whitehorse. In fact, we can ship to the U.S. and worldwide.