Paper sack makers join Oregon’s bag ban fight


If Oregon bans plastic bags, International Paper’s Beaverton grocery sack manufacturing plant stands to benefit.

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If Oregon bans plastic bags, International Paper’s Beaverton grocery sack manufacturing plant stands to benefit.

The company sent Bill Gardner, the general manager of its industrial packaging group, to testify before the Oregon Legislature against plastic bag makers’ claims that paper bags are worse for the environment.

“When misinformation is put out about your product, you can’t sit on the sidelines forever,” Gardner said. Paper sacks are safer for wildlife, decompose naturally and are made from a mix of renewable resources — trees — and 40 recycled content, Gardner said. Plus, they can be recycled themselves and made into more bags. Kind of a circle of life thing.

[…]It’s serious business to International Paper. It employs 300 people in its cluster of buildings, which include the bag plant, a box plant, an ink and stamp facility that provides the sack designs, and a recycling plant. The company has been there since 1971.

If you lug groceries home is a paper sack, chances are it was made in Beaverton. Lining one wall of a conference room are bags made for some of International Paper’s notable customers: Fred Meyer, Safeway, New Seasons, Thriftway, Zupan’s, WinCo, Roth’s and so on.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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