UPDATE: On august 18, Seattle voters rejected a 20-cent fee on use-and-toss bags. The final vote was 46.6% for and 53.3% against the fee. Groups against the fee outspent opponents by about $15-to-$1. (Read more here.)
In all the years this company has been around, Seattle's proposed bag fee is the most important piece of legislation we've seen to help reduce the consumption of "use-and-toss" bags. It's the first bag fee of its kind in the U.S. and is based on Ireland's PlasTax, a proven solution to the plastic bag problem.
"We're following the lead of Ireland... not just for Seattle, but to provide a model for other cities as well." - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.
When Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels called us for help in supporting the Seattle bag fee, we jumped on board, donating $5,000 to the Seattle Green Bag Campaign. The fee is a simple, proven, market-based solution to over consumption, encouraging consumers to change their habits by reducing and reusing. If the bag fee passes, there's great potential for this model to take hold in the U.S. It's important for all of us to help make it happen!
Based on Ireland's extremely successful PlasTax, which reduced plastic bag consumption by more than 90%, Seattle's bag fee is a smart way to reduce consumption of "use-and-toss" bags. Last year, the American Chemistry Council poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a coalition to stop the fee, which was originally supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1. The measure is now up for vote in August - an urgent opportunity to stand up to big industry.
To learn more, check out our no-nonsense rebuttals to 10 common PlasTax myths.