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The plastic bag debate can wait. Let’s protect workers first. | Opinion

April 15, 2020

Three percent of reusable grocery store bags get washed. That’s not a typo: 3%, according to peer-reviewed academic research.

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Plastic Bag Bans: The Sequel

April 8, 2020

The Wall Street Journal editorial published another editorial on plastic bag bans. They note that though it is not clear that the virus is spread by contact with reusable bags, “we do know such bags are handled more than disposable plastic bags—and that bacteria can fester in them unless they are washed after each use.”

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Green Policies Backfire Against the Coronavirus

April 8, 2020

In a recent opinion column from the Wall Street Journal, two authors discuss how “green policies,” such as plastic bag bans, have unintended consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Beware bug-breeding reusable grocery bags

April 6, 2020

The New York Post editorial board published an article outlining concerns with reusable bags and commending elected officials for pushing to suspend the bag fee.

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Editorial: Local plastic-bag reprieve

April 4, 2020

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board published an article praising the temporary lift on the single-use plastic bag ban.

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COVID-19 means leave your cloth bags at home, says grocery worker | Letter to the Editor

April 3, 2020

A local grocery store employee recently wrote a letter to the editor urging the public to refrain from using reusable bags during the pandemic.

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InsideSources: War on Plastic Makes the Virus Worse

April 1, 2020

InsideSources recently published a guest column urging elected officials to “end the war on plastics.”

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Editorial: To slow viral spread, ban the plastic bans

March 26, 2020

The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board recently published an article calling for an end to the “war on plastic.”

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COVID-19: Protecting grocery workers is a top priority. Plastic bags help that effort

March 24, 2020

It is imperative that employers and regulators do everything possible to protect grocery store employees while they are providing the crucial service of keeping the public fed. That includes banning reusable bags, which have been demonstrated to harbor bacteria, contagions and viruses — particularly if people do not wash them between uses, as research has shown that all but 3% of shoppers do not.

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Plastic bag bans dangerous during COVID-19 pandemic

March 22, 2020

As we combat the coronavirus pandemic it’s important for Americans to note that many environmental initiatives that purport to “save the planet” not only restrict consumer choice and hurt the business sector— it also puts the public safety at risk.

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