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What happens when plastic bags are banned in Vermont?

April 17, 2019

The invisible, but predictable, impacts of a plastic bag ban are real. Supporting a ban on plastic bags might make policymakers and shoppers feel that they are helping the environment. The reality is a lot more complex.

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Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

April 9, 2019

Do plastic bag bans work as intended? Recent research shows that these bans may be hurting the environment more than helping it.

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Eliminating plastic bags does more harm than good

April 3, 2019

Do you know the facts about plastic bags? The Portsmouth Herald recently published an op-ed from a former state representative, who says that there is “an unbelievable amount of misinformation about single use plastic bags.”

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Your cotton tote is pretty much the worst replacement for a plastic bag

April 1, 2019

In a 2018 life-cycle assessment, Denmark’s ministry of environment and food agreed with previous similar studies, finding that classic plastic shopping bags have the least environmental impact.

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Bag ban makes us feel good, but doesn’t help us

March 26, 2019

Many states and localities want to ban single-use plastic bags, but there’s nothing single use about them.

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Plastics ban has many negative unintended consequences

March 25, 2019

Plastic bag bans can have numerous unintended consequences. The Portsmouth Herald recently published a letter to the editor detailing some of the burdensome complications of banning plastic bags.

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Restricting plastic bags a bad idea for NH

March 18, 2019

This week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 560, which seeks to ban the use of thin plastic carryout bags.

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Can plastic bag bans backfire?

March 14, 2019

Governments are increasingly banning the use of plastic products, such as carryout bags, straws, utensils and microbeads. However, these policies fall short if people actually reuse those items instead of buying new ones.

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Plastic bag ‘problems’ more complex than ban can solve

March 6, 2019

Regulating plastic bags may sound like a good solution, but the alternatives aren’t necessarily better for the environment.

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High costs, low benefits of single-use plastics bans

February 24, 2019

For the third time in four years, legislators introduced bills to ban single-use plastics in New Hampshire. Such legislation would unduly burden consumers and businesses while doing little to advance advocates’ environmental goals.

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