Acton Institute cites Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini on environmental regulation and consumer freedom.
The policy hardly affects one of its major objectives: reducing plastic bags in the ocean and their threat to marine life. “China and 11 other Asian nations are responsible for 77 percent to 83 percent of plastic waste entering the oceans because of their poor disposal practices,” according to a report from Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In fact, researchers estimate that the amount of plastic waste in the oceans will triple by 2030. “Bans on single use plastics are largely symbolic actions that not only reduce consumer choice, they pose public health risks while failing to achieve desired environmental goals,” Logomasini said.