Plastic Bags Survey: Half Support New Ban in California

California just passed the first statewide ban on plastic grocery bags in the US. So now grocery shoppers in the state must either bring their own bags when shopping or pay at least 10 cents for compostable or recycled bags. As environmental concerns continue to grow, more of these bans may be on the way. So what do shoppers think about plastic bags and the ban in California?

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Plastic Bags

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 21% of respondents said they always bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags. 42% said they sometimes use their own bags. 17% said they rarely bring their own bags. And 21% said they never do.

When people do use plastic bags, they’re not always necessarily just thrown in the trash. Just 13% said they throw away plastic bags after using them. 75% said they reuse plastic bags in some way after bringing them home. 31% said they recycle plastic bags. And just 3% said they never use them in the first place.

California Ban

Since most people have at least used reusable shopping bags at some point, it wouldn’t seem that banning plastic bags would be that inconvenient. But some people still have concerns about the ban. In general, 50% of respondents think that California’s ban on plastic grocery bags is a good idea. 33% think it is a bad idea. And 17% said they have no opinion about the ban.

Economic Concerns

One of the major concerns that people have is the ban’s impact on the economy, since plastic bag manufacturers will likely have to adapt or cut jobs. However, just 16% of respondents think the ban will definitely have a negative impact on the economy in California. 25% think the ban will probably have a negative economic impact. 45% think the plastic bag ban probably won’t have a negative impact on the economy. And 15% think it definitely won’t.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Trash Tree from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on October 1 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.