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Tote bags: a health risk?

June 3, 2020

A 2010 article about reusable bag contamination was updated and republished to reflect the issue as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Worst Grocery Shopping Mistake You’re Making Before Entering the Store

May 31, 2020

While the risks of coronavirus should be kept in perspective, there are a few things we are doing that can increase the risk of our exposure, especially when it comes to that activity everyone has to do: grocery shopping.

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The unacceptable politics of the plastic bag ban

May 4, 2020

In a recent opinion column in the Anchorage Daily News, the author outlines his concerns about the plastic bag ban during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Plastic’s Positive Role in Health and Safety

May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided policymakers with a number of lessons, not the least of all that plastic, a product that’s fallen into such political disfavor that some of its variants have been banned, is invaluable in times of crisis.

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Stop the Virus Now, Save the Planet Later

April 16, 2020

The City Journal recently published an article on the shutdown of recycling programs and suspension of reusable bag usage due to COVID-19.

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We’ve got to use plastic bags during the pandemic. Environmentalists should understand this. | Opinion

April 16, 2020

In a recent op-ed, the New Jersey Food Council stresses the need for single-use carryout bags during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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