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Why banning plastic bags doesn’t work as intended

June 24, 2019

As well-intentioned bans on plastic shopping bags roll out across the United States, there’s an unintended consequence that policy makers should take into account

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Throw away the plastic bag ban

May 16, 2019

The Omaha World-Herald recently published an opinion column on Omaha’s proposed plastic bag ban. The author is an instructor of economics at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

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The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags

May 8, 2019

For decades, plastic bags have been staples at grocery stores. A growing number of cities and counties have passed laws that ban or tax plastic bags in the past ten years. But are these bans helpful to the environment?

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Here’s Something: In praise of plastic bags

May 2, 2019

The Portland Press Herald recently published an opinion column on the benefits of plastic bags.

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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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