NJ could ban single-use plastic and paper bags

New Jersey is set to become the first state to ban both single-use plastic and paper bags – a move that could help spur interest in branded reusable bags, such as tote bags. all.

Just days after the ban on single-use plastic bags took effect in neighboring New York, the New Jersey State Senate voted in favor of a bill banning plastic bags and disposable paper, as well as disposable plastic straws and styrofoam / polystyrene takeout. containers.

The Garden State General Assembly has yet to approve the measure. And, Governor Phil Murphy must sign it into law. A timetable was not certain as it was not clear whether the Assembly would support the measure.

If the bill becomes law as written, retailers and food service companies would be banned from supplying or selling single-use plastic and paper bags. They will also not be able to sell or distribute polystyrene containers. There are limited exceptions to the rules, which can be viewed here. Catering companies could distribute disposable straws, but only if customers specifically ask for them.

As an alternative to disposables, lawmakers, environmentalists and supporters of the bill are encouraging consumers to take advantage of reusable products. Reusable tote bags, drawstrings and straws are options. This gives businesses of all stripes the opportunity to supply and / or sell such products with their branding on it – something that promotional product pros can capitalize on.

Distributors in neighboring New York City are ready to make the most of these opportunities as they begin to arise in their state.

“The ban (of NY plastic bags) is absolutely an opportunity to sell more reusable bags, and it helps our positioning as a brand partner,” said Joseph Sommer, owner of New York-based distributor Whitestone Branding, recently. York (asi / 359741). To advise. “The ban allows us to educate our customers on how to use the product to get more attention to their brands.”

New York-based Axis Promotions powered by HALO (asi / 128263) is also excited about the prospects. “I definitely see the single-use bag ban as a great opportunity for all of us to sell more branded reusable bags to our customers,” said Joan Bluestone Landorf, Executive Vice President of Axis recently. “Most of our customers are already avoiding plastic bags and some of our beauty customers absolutely forbid the use of plastic packaging.”

A growing number of cities, towns, states and even countries are enacting bans on single-use plastic bags. It’s part of an effort to reduce plastic bag waste and pollution. Supporters of the ban say pollution ruins natural habitat and poses a danger to wildlife, which can choke or get stuck in disposables. States like California, Maine, and Vermont have passed statewide bans on plastic bags.

In 1950, the world population of 2.5 billion people produced 1.5 million tonnes of plastic, according to Surfers Against Sewage, a UK-based marine conservation charity. In 2016, a global population of over 7 billion people produced over 320 million tonnes of plastic. The 2016 tally is expected to double by 2034. Every day, about 8 million pieces of plastic pollution end up in the oceans, according to Surfers Against Sewage.

Ethel J. Montes

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