Design Development _ Spring 2009 _ Aaron Fry Stephanie White • Pearce Thompson • Alyssa Davis • Merve Tufekci
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FYI! The speech bubbles throughout hold quotes directly from survey respondents.
“At this point there are very grim reports on the health of the environment... Consciousness of PERSONAL habits can’t stop the effects of global warming, but it does account for SOMETHING”
Table of Contents
introduction. 4 survey. 8 prong I: tax. 10 prong II: incentive. 14 prong III: campaign. 18 conclusion. 28 works cited. 30 appendix. 32
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â€˘ Introduction â€˘ There is a need
ness and implementation. The five main
in the world, and particularly in New
materials that retailers can use are polyeth-
York City, to redesign the common,
ylene plastic, paper, compostable, biode-
plastic grocery bag.
Grocery bag life-
gradable, and reusable. Of these options,
cycles, along with their production prices
reusable bags are the most sustainable.
and levels of energy consumption are ma-
jor factors in determining the most sustain-
biodegradable, and compostable bags
able option. The current problems associ-
are more wasteful to produce than the
ated with high-density polyethylene plastic
familiar plastic bag. In terms of materi-
bags go beyond just the physical bag, for
als consumption, energy and water usage,
there are many viable alternatives available.
pollution, and greenhouse gas (GHG) pro-
Extensive research and development has
duction, plastic bags are actually the least
made many types of disposable bags avail-
wasteful. Plastic grocery bags consume
able, hence, the problem is one of aware-
71% less energy during production than
Ireland 3-1-02 UK debate/voluntary/ pending ding
Canada (Manitoba) 4-2-07
San Francisco 3-27-07
Contrary to public beliefs, paper,
Israel (Delhi) 1-20-09 Western India 8-7-03
South Africa 5-9-03
$ tax on plastic bags X ban plastic bags
Zanzibar Islands 11-10-06
Kenya + Uganda 6-1-07
China (Beijing) 6-1-08
International Public Policy on the common plastic bag
5 paper bags, and they consume 64% less
the most successful. Bangladesh was
than is consumed by biodegradable plas-
the first to take action by banning plastic
tic bags. Compostable and biodegrad-
bags entirely in January of 2002. Ireland
able bags are also prohibitive in terms of
followed with a high tax months later, as
the cost of installing and using the appro-
well as a tax in Taiwan and a complete ban
priate facilities for molecular breakdown,
in South Africa.
for these bags cannot be disposed of in
made because of more urgent incentives,
modern landfills. Reusable bags trump all
such as flooding in Bangladesh and un-
types of disposable bags on all criterions
controlled levels of plastic bags littered over
as long as they are used at least three
the mountains in Ireland. A few years later
times. Hence, it is not the physical bag
in 2006, relevant international public poli-
that needs remodeling, but rather the
cy took off with more countries and major
traditional public use of such bags.
cities passing bans for large retail stores.
Building public awareness and
San Francisco was the first city in the U.S.
finding ways to reduce, reuse, and re-
to pass such a law on March 27th, 2007.
cycle all types of bags are critical points.
Having arrived at this point, the focus
and taxes depend on many geographical
These decisions were
Though the success of legislative bans
switches to current use and realizing how people use the plastic bag, as well as current governmental regulations on the issue. International public policies involving plastic bag use have been discussed since 2002, especially in Ireland. Current situations highlight the legislative options in terms of changing user habits, as well as help to determine what levels of restriction have been
â€œFor those people who use reusable bags, the store should give a percentage off on their grocery total.â€?
and cultural traits, such as how well certain
major problems associated with this; the
regions adapt to change, or how seriously
first of which relates back to public policy.
people take their government, the effects
The direction of the public wind can either
so far widely indicate what is reasonable.
sway for or against such policies for any
For example, in West India, where
number of reasons; therefore, if even the
plastic bags were banned in August of
government cannot take a strong, con-
2003, a person could be fined 100,000 ru-
stant position on this issue, it will be hard
pees ($2,000 USD) if found with a banned
for legislation to pass and for appropriate
bag. Clearly, such a strict policy would
public change to occur. This ties into in-
never pass in the U.S., but it is helpful in
dividualsâ€™ commitment to the issue, and
negotiating what are rational expectations.
the motivation behind changing behavior.
Options in terms of public policy range from
outright bans to recommended voluntary
plastic bags was lifted due to government
action (which is being done in Germany);
disinterest, would people go back to us-
if a tax on plastic bags is the most feasible
ing the bags, or would they realize there
option, then determining the amount per
are other non-fiscal reasons they should
bag is critical. Looking at incentives and
continue their ethical habits? Also, how
responsibilities of both the retailers and
much must the government charge or of-
consumers is important in determining who
fer people in order for a significant change
should be responsible for paying the tax.
to be made? This is related to determin-
Another key issue involves the
ing the appropriate level of taxation so
extent to which such policies of fis-
that people feel enough of a need to
cal self-interest will actually change
change behavior as opposed to expect to
user attitudes, as opposed to just
spend a little more at the grocery store, yet
behavior. That is, people may change
not to the point that there is a hostile pub-
their habits simply because they want to
lic response to a shocking amount of tax.
save money, not because they actually
care about the negative environmental
the conflict between individual self-
impacts of polyethylene bags. There are
interest and global sustainability;
For example, if a long-term ban on
All of these issues revolve around
7 this leads to the idea of implementing a change that holds more importance than a typical governmental regulation. Individuals are confronted with a social dilemma to either hurt society at large by making an unsustainable choice, or bear the burden of a small individual price in order to help the common good. The most successful program would eliminate this type of dilemma by making it natural and preferable for individuals to choose the second option.
To promote sustainable consump-
tion, there must be communication-based social marketing to complement the governmental tax. This carrot and stick approach is necessary fostering a change in mentality that makes sustainable behavior self-sustainable. That is, we wish to shed light on this issue in a way that will motivate individuals to act in the interest of society autonomously. Thus our solution is a three-pronged approach: direct behavioral control (a tax), communication-based social marketing (an extensive campaign), and individual incentive planning (rewards program).
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1. Has all the talk about being green caused you to be more environmentally conscious? Yes...............86.5% No...............13.5% 2. Have you noticeably reduced your waste, energy, and/or water consumption in the last year? Yes...............55.8% No...............44.2% 3. Which bags are better for the environment? Paper....................................................32.7% Plastic...................................................7.7% Neither, They are both bad..................59.6% 4. Have you started taking reusable bags to the grocery store? If not, please also choose the reason(s) for not doing so. â€œBags are not Yes...............34.6% No...............65.4% convenient to carry aroundâ€?
5. Do you ever opt out of accepting complementary store bags, even if it is at your inconvenience? . Yes...............55.8% No...............42.3% 6. Have you brought your plastic bags back to the store and used the provided recycling receptacles? Yes....................................................19.2% No.....................................................57.7% Did not know they were provided.....23.1% 7. How many bags do you usually accumulate on an average shopping trip? 1-2....................................................40.4% 3-5....................................................34.6% As many as I can carry.....................13.5% I load up my trunk.............................9% I always bring my own......................5.8% I get delivery......................................3.8% 8. Do you think having a tax on paper and plastic bags would cause you to bring reusable bags to the store more often? Yes...............80.8% No...............19.2%
9. Where would you like to see the tax revenue go? Environmental Programs........................58.8% Schools..................................................41.2%� Back in my pocket.................................23.5% I am SO against the tax.........................13.7% Back to the retailers...............................3.9%
“Or just local government debt in general. Money is SO needed”
10. Do use the rewards cards grocery and drug stores provide? Yes...............76.9% No...............23.1% 11. Are you loyal to a particular to one store? Yes...............38.4% No...............61.5%
What is the maximum per price you would be willing to pay per carryout bag?
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• Tax • The first action New York City
has taken to reduce plastic bag waste
is to require stores over a certain size, or
were found to be the leading cause of the
with a certain number of chains to have in-
2005 flooding. Bangladesh and India do
store recycling receptacles. Part of Mayor
not have waste management programs,
Bloomberg’s new revenue plan is to in-
so this is not a fair comparison to cities in
clude a five cent tax on all plastic bags.
the West. Ireland was the actually the first
We do agree that in order to get people to
country to implement a tax on bags. Initially
actually reduce consumption, there does
the price was not high enough, but after
have to be a consequence, or “stick” ele-
setting it to about US 30 cents, bag use
ment in the plan. However, simply imple-
dropped 90% in a matter of months. This
menting a five cent tax on plastic bags
is a remarkable result, but it did not solve
is not getting to the root of the problem.
the entire problem. Retailers absorbed
Many cities around the world have
the extra cost and started providing paper
Bangladesh banned them after they
ENVIRONMENT Programs, Waste Management, Research RETAILERS - for the costs of implementing rewards programs
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Community sees results SCHOOLS
11 bags to customers. San Francisco has
box” stores, and small deli-groceries. To
seen similar results, and sanitation work-
make up for the initial inconvenience to
ers have commented they notice more
stores, retailers would receive a portion
plastic bags astray than before the ban.
of the tax revenue back. They would be
We acknowledge these laws have
encouraged to create incentive programs
been a step in the right direction, but
for customers who bring reusable bags.
more can be done. If government is go-
ing to enforce taxes and implement restric-
tailers by generating customer loyalty,
tions on the public and businesses, the
and shoppers who enjoy the rewards.
law must be genuinely sustainable. After
Secondly, the tax includes all complemen-
careful consideration, we have decided
tary, carry-out bags at these stores, regard-
to implement a 15 cent tax. This would
less of material. Plastic is technically more
bring in $300 million in revenue for the city
environmentally friendly in that it uses less
each year, unlike Mayor Bloomberg’s 5
energy to produce, and can be produced
cent proposal, which would only bring in
cheaper than paper. However, plastic bags
$100 million. A higher fee would change
are an eyesore to the community. They get
behavior faster, but would only add about
caught in trees and streams; animals eat
an extra dollar to the average shopper’s
them. They require petroleum to produce.
bill. If a 15 cent fee did not change be-
Even though paper is biodegradable, it
havior (in addition to our campaign and
releases methane gas as it decompos-
incentive programs) it could be increased
es. Paper is not as durable as plastic in
to a maximum of 25 cents per bag.
Based on our research, we fig-
ured a bag law should include a number of provisions that counteract with each other, so there is no way to dodge certain aspects. First of all, all grocery-type stores would be required to comply. That includes supermarkets, drug stores, “big
many cases, say if groceries are particu-
larly heavy or one gets caught in the rain.
that are important to include since
we are not banning bags entirely.
Reusable bags are the answer to all of
the problems that paper and plastic cause.
In some ways however, the reusable bag
in-store recycling receptacles. People do
fad has caused extra problems: all types
re-use plastic bags at home, thus they
are being produced with poor, low quality
should be allowed to take bags out of the
materials and misleading slogans. People
receptacles if need be. Another unnec-
have accumulated more than enough,
essary, easily solvable problem regarding
and they just end up being thrown out
disposable bags is double-bagging. This
too. The new law should set restric-
should be banned. Stores should be re-
tions on the types of reusable bags that
quired to have bags that can carry a cer-
are being sold, such as having a cer-
tain weight. Lastly, retailers would not be
tain amount of recycled content, or they
able to wave the tax, or to pay for cus-
should be made out of natural materials.
tomers themselves. If all groceries are re-
We would continue the mandatory
Requires that grocers (all sizes), drug stores, and big box stores comply with the bag tax Encourage incentive programs through retailers so people directly benefit from bringing their reusable bags
Ta x L a w P r o v i s i o n s
Continue mandatory recycling programs for plastic bags at major retailers, and allow people to take the bags out if they want
Would ban double bagging; retailers have to make take out bags hold a certain weight Reusable bags must have a certain amount of recycled content and/or be made of natural materials Includes all disposable/complementary bags regardless of material Retailers could not wave the tax, or pay for customers on their behalf
13 quired to comply, the public will grow to accept and adjust to these new terms.
â€œBy bringing our own bags, we are actually helping the stores save $$ and they should return the favor.â€?
PRONG 2: INCENTIVE
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• Incentive • Initially in entering this
four or five reusable bags in each trip, can
project our goal was to create a sustain-
they replace up to 520 plastic bags a year.
able and reusable shopping bag to pro-
vide consumers with an alternative solution
actual use of these “free” reusable bags is
to using disposable bags.
very low. This is due to the fact that many
further research, we came to the conclu-
people are not directly affected when not
sion that it would take much more than a
bringing their reusable bags in either suffer-
reusable shopping bag which is already
ing the consequences of a tax or gaining
available in most retail chains and ma-
an incentive for bringing back their bags.
jor grocery stores throughout the coun-
‘If you don’t reuse them, you’re actually
try, to battle the problem with disposable
worse off by taking one of them,’ says Bob
The second prong in our three
Lilienfeld, author of the Use Less Stuff Re-
prong approach includes an incentive pro-
port, an online newsletter about waste pre-
gram encouraging consumers to recycle
vention. And because many of the bags
their bags by getting rewards from spe-
are made from heavier material, they’re
cific stores for reusing their reusable bags.
also likely to sit longer in landfills than their
Reusable bags are readily available
thinner, disposable cousins, according
in almost every large retail chain through-
to Ned Thomas, who heads the depart-
out the country. Whether they are giving
ment of material science and engineering
the bags away for free or selling them for
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
a very low fee ranging from $2 to $5, all
Consumers and retailers are now discover-
major retailers have jumped on the band-
ing that it is increasingly harder to battle the
wagon in an effort to prevent the use of
problem of disposable shopping bags and
disposable bags. After further research,
creating a reusable bag doesn’t necessari-
we discovered that although people are
ly mean the company has gone “green.” A
buying or taking these reusable bags, it is
marketing professor at the Stanford Gradu-
only when bag is used multiple times -- at
ate School of Business conducted a study
least once a week – if each consumer uses
with his students on the problems our world
At present, the trend is fresh and the
15 is facing with human behavior and reus-
in the right direction, but the percentage
able bags. He says it can take ‘years and
of using them more than once is much
decades’ for consumers to change their
too low. While retailers and environmental-
shopping habits, and they will only do so
ists ponder the reasons why people aren’t
when there’s a personal reward or an ob-
jumping on to the trend as fast as the free
vious taboo associated with the change.
mp3 giveaways, we’ve discovered there is
Our research leads us to the conclu-
a missing component. Getting people to
sion that the issue of disposable bags can-
transfer from disposable to reusable is an
not simply be solved by putting yet another
issue of human behavior and without any
reusable bag on the market. Not only does
education on why this is such a problem,
it take more time and energy to produce
suffering from a tax or gathering incentive
these “free” reusable bags in which retail-
points, no change will occur anytime soon.
ers seem to have no problem giving away;
the idea of reusable is moving the stores
which we’ve modeled our incentive program
We discovered the SmarTote bag in
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after. The bag is currently on the market
ie. SmarTote, however reap the rewards
to encourage retailers to start a smart bag-
that the SmarTote bag offers. We devised
ging policy. The SmarTote is a consumer
a program where retailers and consumers
and environmentally friendly packaging
will benefit in distributing small travel tags for
system that offers great benefits for both
the reusable bags consumers previously
consumers and retailers. The bag comes
purchased. The travel tags will have a di-
with a bar code that allows the store to
rect connection with each large retailerâ€™s
track whether it is being reused. These
individual rewards cards. Each time the
companies may offer prizes or other in-
consumer brings his/her reusable bags in
centives to customers who can prove their
with the rewards card attached, they will
bag isnâ€™t just collecting dust at home.
receive the benefits from store sales and
Our approach to the SmarTote bag
promotions, but also will maintain a record
is one where consumers will not necessarily
of the amount of times theyâ€™ve used their
have to repurchase another reusable bag
bags. It is up to the individual retails stores
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17 how they would like to model the incentive/
boosting the reputation of the stores where
rewards program, but after a certain amount
they are seen as â€œgreenâ€? and environmen-
of times the bags are used, the consumer
tally friendly, but also will create a more
will receive some sort of prize or discount.
loyal consumer following in accordance
to what rewards the store has to offer.
The incentive program is a fast and
easy way to change consumer behavior
and make people more aware of the prob-
understand how their small efforts in re-
lems with disposable bags. We donâ€™t want
using their bags can battle a much larger
consumers to feel as if they have to pur-
problem without requiring nearly any of their
chase yet another reusable bag and on top
time or energy.
of that, one for every individual store they
proves to be a quick fix to a large prob-
frequent. This incentive programs allows
lem as well as consumer and retail friendly.
It is important that the consumers
The incentive program
retailers to customize their own rewards program. The program will not only aid in
• Campaign • Our campaign will be
the animals inhabiting it, suffering from dis-
enabled through guerrilla marketing. We
posable bag waste. As previously stated in
chose this tactic not only because it is cost
the incentive prong, our research led us to
effective, but also because of the shock
conclude that the problem with disposable
factor. It is a twist on marketing that elimi-
bags is more an issue of human behavior
nates boring education and flat advertise-
rather than that of the retailer and distrib-
ments, and instead creates a bold and
uter of reusable bags. We realized it will
entertaining spectacle that grabs the at-
take much more than our initial idea of cre-
tention of nearly every passerby. Our cam-
ating a sustainable and reusable shopping
paign is distributed throughout New York
bag to change consumers’ bag habits.
City in grocery stores, on the street using
posters and various instillation pieces, on
that have been enforced throughout the
our promotional van, on mass transpor-
country and all over the world, we came to
tation and any other areas where plastic
the conclusion that, although some have
bag awareness will have a high reach.
proven effective, they are either too extreme
Our goal is to create awareness to
of a tactic to battle the use of disposable
the general public, specifically focusing on
bags, or too small of a change to create
local supermarkets, large chain stores,
any awareness. As stated in the previ-
delis and anywhere else that freely distrib-
ous incentive prong, it is estimated to take
utes disposable bags. Our posters and
years or even decades to change human
installations include the environment and
behavior, in using a three prong approach
After carefully reviewing programs
You use $80 worth of plastic bags.
Ireland. Bangladesh. Taiwan. Guess who is next. New York City. Australia. Germany.
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19 we are able to slowly ease into the idea of eventually banning the use of
“I think recycling programs are okay but
disposable bags. We realize it
it is more important to reduce waste as
takes time to make a shift in
a whole, as the process to recycle con-
human behavior completely however, our campaign remains consistent in educating
sumes much energy on its own. Thus, designing with no waste (think cradle to cradle) and therefore using reusable bags are the way to go in my opinion.”
the consumer on why disposable bags are such a major contributor to environmental destruction. One campaign approach we use
attention and create buzz. This will also
is “shock advertising” which is a type of
attract an audience bringing an acute
advertising designed principally to break
awareness to the many environmental
through the advertising “clutter” to capture
and social problems following the use
nah. Just say no. I’d rather not. uh-uh. I’ll pass.
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of disposable shopping bags. Examples
take another disposable shopping bag.
of our advertisements include two dimen-
sional posters or installations displaying
paign with a recognizable logo and the
images of animals in their natural habitat
slogan â€œMinimize to Maximize.â€? We create
surrounded by and consuming plastic bag
awareness by educating the consumer that
waste. The images are slightly frighten-
it takes a minimal amount of effort to make
ing and include text blurbs with scientific
a maximum change for the environment.
research on why one should discontinue
Minimizing the amount of disposable bags
the use of disposable shopping bags. Not
is highly beneficial to the health of our envi-
only will this be highly effective in creating
ronment and everyday lives. We keep our
awareness and a buzz, but also effec-
campaign consistent in using the same
tive in permeating our everyday routines
Helvetica Neue font and the same color
by reminding the consumer of the envi-
scheme all throughout. We incorporate
ronmental consequences each time they
short and simple facts to educate the con-
We chose to streamline the cam-
sumer and make them aware of their bag consumption every time they see the ad. We distribute our campaign using the guerilla marketing technique; placing ads in grocery stores, on the floors of the food aisles as well as on the bottom of
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m or e information
WATCH WHERE YOU PUT ME!
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canned goods. We have ads placed in
where consumers will be able to make
magazines such as Menâ€™s Health, Teen,
their own reusable bag, appealing to the
Real Simple, and local publications such
supporters who would like to order a cus-
as Timeout New York and the Onion. In
tomized bag. Our website includes a vast
these publications we use our traditional
amount of information pertaining to the
advertisements as well as an ad for a DIY
problems with disposable bags and what
reusable bag. Not only will readers not be
is currently being done to prevent their use.
breaking the bank to buy another reus-
We were greatly inspired by the Top Shop
able bag, but they will also have a custom-
truck where the retailer used an old ice
ized bag that has sentimental value for all
cream truck to move from borough to
their store purchases. We have ads on
borough handing out giveaways heighten-
and in public transportation for New York
ing consumer awareness. Our campaign
City using various posters and banners.
uses the same approach, but rather than
providing free giveaways, we offer a â€œtrade-
We will have an interactive website
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inâ€? program where the truck goes to spe-
Our campaign uses several dif-
cific neighborhoods and targets shoppers
ferent marketing tactics from guerilla and
carrying disposable bags. The truck takes
shock marketing to a fun DIY page and
the disposable bags and in return gives the
bag truck. We chose use these several
shopper our version of the SmarTote. The
tactics in order to broaden our market and
idea of the bag truck allows consumers
create a greater reach. The campaign ap-
creates a large awareness of the recycling
peals to different types of people includ-
of disposable bags as well as allows the
ing those who have a more rational view,
consumers to feel as if theyâ€™ve contributed
those who comply because of financial
back to the environment. This will not only
reasons and wanting to save money, and
heighten the awareness of recycling for
those who support the green movement
disposable bags, but also give greater sig-
and comply for the sake of the environ-
nificance to the recycling containers placed
ment. Broadening our market allows our
in stores specifically for disposable bags.
message to come across all individuals
who use disposable bags.
on a more broad audience, yet specifically targeting market segments, we will eventually change consumer habits, behaviors and attitudes; leading to the eventual dismissal of disposable shopping bags.
editor: Jane Keltner
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â€˘ Conclusion â€˘ Our three-pronged apCONCLUSION
proach: direct behavioral control (a tax), communication-based social marketing (an extensive campaign), and individual incentive planning (rewards program). , will be successful in implementing change both internally and externally. We hope to use the most direct, efficient means possible to target New Yorkers and reduce the number of plastic bags used daily in the city.
“I think it’s really important we all become aware of our consumption habits. I think more awareness needs to be out there on the types of recycling and the different waste we can produce.”
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“It’s hard to admit sometimes, but I think a lot of people are embarrassed to bring old shopping bags back to the store to re-use them. A good way to go around this psychological barrier is to promote reusable bags and allow for a cultural change.”
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Visualization of process to eventual solution.
INSPIRATION FROM: IRELAND
SUSTAINABILITY VERSUS SELF-INTEREST ANTICIPATE LINES OF LEAST RESISTENCE SOCIAL DILEMMA + INDIVIDUAL GUILT
FISCAL SELF INTEREST
REALISTIC POLITICAL BACKING?
GAINS + AVOID HARM TO ONESELF HOW TO CREATE COMMITMENT TO A PRINCIPLE?
COMMUNICATION -BASED SOCIAL MARKETING
(recycling isn’t enough)
CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
SCALE OF REWARDS
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sustainable: compostable EXISTS why not in use?
thrown away: “dead” only to use more soon government regulations despite protest/lobby groups for greater environmental good?
PROBLEMS Identification of actual present-day problem.
life cycle of bag
FREE PLASTIC BAGS FOR CUSTOMERS
reward system for bringing back bags? (like plastic bottles)
cover for initial loss
business ethics: managerial responsibility?
Where do New York State taxes go?
Government NY State Agencies and Political Subdivisions Federal Agencies Exclusion of Interest on US Obligations Governments US Military Post Exchanges
General Science & Technology
R&D Property QETC Facilities, Operations and Training Credit Capital Tax Credit Employment Credit
Breakdown of New York State tax distributions.
2009-2010 Executive Budget Proposals Affecting Tax Expenditures (Millions)
Personal Income Tax
Corporate Franchise Tax
Sales and Use Tax tax surcharge on certain beverage products ($404) tax on various amusement charges ($53) narrow sales tax definition of capital improvement ($120) repeal tax cap on motor fuel ($90) impose tax on cable and satellite TV ($136) awareness? tax digital products ($15)
most profitable? future prediction?
Who can impose a tax? Local government
Federal government Where do federal taxes go? State government Where do New York State taxes go? Government Science & Technology Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Agriculture Economic Development Business & Commerce Housing National defense Transportation International affairs Education & Training Social Services Health Income/Social Security & Railroad Retirement Veteransâ€™ Benefits Fiscal Assistance
Chronological breakdown of international public policies. Country/City
Bangladesh Ireland Taiwan South Africa W. India Tanzania Rwanda Zanzibar islands San Francisco Canada (Manitoba) Kenya, Uganda China (Beijing) Israel (Delhi) Germany UK Singapore Australia
1/1/02 3/1/02 1/1/03 5/9/03 8/7/03 1/1/06 12/1/06 11/10/06 3/27/07 4/2/07 6/1/07 6/1/08 1/20/09 voluntary Debate/volntary voluntary Pending
ban plastic tax plastic $1T /bag ban plastic ban plastic ban plastic ban plastic ban plastic ban plastic ban plastic ban thin; 120% tax thick ban free plastic ban plastic price per bag levy
option of a plastic bag or a canvas/cotton made tote â€” for a fee
recycle? change consumer behavior? biodegrate? totes? legislation?
flooding because of bags blocking storm drains
plastic bags all over: eyesores
anyone found even using a polythene bag could face up to seven years behind bars/fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($2,000)
International Public Policy
on the common plastic bag
APPENDIX Comparison of different major bag materials.
PLASTIC BAG - 430,000 gallons of oil per 100 million bags. - Retailers give away an estimated $4 billion in bags per year. - Plastic bags take up to 1000 years to degrade in a landfill. - An estimated 8 billion pounds of plastic bags and products enter the waste stream every year in the US - Cost more to recycle than to produce - EPA says that somewhere between 500 trillion to a billion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year
COMPOSTABLE - Cannot be recycled. - Made from corn and other crops. PLA decomposes in conditions found at municipal composting facilities, but not in compost bins, landfills or when littered. BIODEGRADABLE - Cost from 5-10 cents to manufacture - Break down completely when in contact with other decomposing materials; in compost bins, landfills, or just buried in the ground. - Can also be recycled along with regular plastic bags
PAPER BAG - Require 4-5 times more energy to produce, � transport and recycle - Responsible for 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollution - Are not durable and water-resistant - Cost almost 10 times more to produce - Release greenhouse gases when they decompose (methane) - Nearly twice as much energy (91%) is required to recycle a pound of paper than a pound of plastic - 2,000 paper bags = 280lbs; 2,000 plastic bags = 30lbs. Take up more landfill space, more energy to transport
- Often shipped thousands of miles and from cheap manufacturing facilities overseas - Many made from nonwoven polypropylene, a form of plastic that requires about 28 times as much energy to produce as the plastic used in standard disposable bags - 8 times more energy to produce as paper - Often made with no recycled content—yet they still have misleading slogans like “I used to be a plastic bag” - People are not always dedicated to solely using their reusable bags
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Bring your bag and get rewards. Br
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Break your Bag Habit.