The Plastics Blog
By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

Plastic bags: a staple under siege

By Don Loepp | April 12, 2013 01:29 pm ET

As a reporter, it's interesting to see how other media cover a topic that I've been covering for a long time. It happens all the time when you're working for a daily newspaper -- when a local TV or radio station decides to report on a story after seeing the print report, or an out-of-town newpaper or wire reporter pops in to do their own version of something I've been covering.

In the news business it's sometimes called parachute journalism, although I don't think it's all bad. I've seen plenty of examples of journalists jumping into an unfamiliar topic and doing an excellent job. And after all, that's something that journalists are trained to do, right? To become experts on a wide number of topics, at least to a point where they can report on them accurately and include context that readers need.

I say all that today to introduce a report from The Washington Post headlined "Maryland's proposed plastic bag tax threatens local factory making them."

[There's also a photo montage titled "Plastic bags under seige" that's worth a look.]

Michael Rosenwald, a reporter on the Post's local staff, does a nice job with the story. He looks beyond the typical arguments about plastics and talks to most of the right experts and players in the debate. Rosenwald even talks to workers at a local Advance Polybag factory, putting names and details to the industry's argument that plastic bag taxes and bans have an impact on people.

The fact that many are refugees from Burma's military dictatorship was an interesting detail.

Overall I think the Post did a good job with this story. Definitely a step up from its previous coverage of plastic bags and related issues.


Recent Blog Posts

Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking   September 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET
Weighing in on top plastics personalities   September 8, 2014 5:12 pm ET
How's the media treating plastics these days?   August 27, 2014 10:49 am ET
A peek behind our 2014 ranking of rotational molders   August 25, 2014 2:00 pm ET
More reshoring success stories with Wal-Mart connections   August 21, 2014 6:11 pm ET
Small country introducing plastic coins   August 20, 2014 10:48 am ET

Comments

Plastic bags: a staple under siege

By Don Loepp

Published: April 12, 2013 1:29 pm ET
Updated: April 12, 2013 1:58 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events