Plastic Giants Sue Eco Company

Suit says ChicoBag made false claims.


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Three of the nation’s largest plastic-bag manufacturers are suing ChicoBag over claims about the environmental damage their products cause. Hilex, Superbag, and Advance Polybag allege that ChicoBag, a maker of reusable bags, misled consumers and caused their businesses “irreparable injury” by publishing information on ChicoBag’s “Learn The Facts” page. The site contains information on plastic bag waste sourced from scientific studies and newspaper reports. At issue is ChicoBag’s use of EPA claims that only one percent of plastic bags are recycled and that a reusable bag only needs to be used eleven times to be more eco-friendly than disposable bags; the agency has since backed down from both figures. The case is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in January.

Read more at the New York Times.