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The dumb plastic bag ban is even dumber than we thought

February 22, 2020

New York state can’t seem to get out of its own way when it comes to banning the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and other shops.

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Could the coronavirus in China cause a shortage of reusable bags? Expert says it’s possible

February 21, 2020

Experts have previously warned about a paper bag shortage that will be exasperated nationally once New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect on March 1. There are now concerns about a possible shortage of reusable bags as the result of a halt on exports out of China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Plastic Bags Help the Environment

February 18, 2020

“Yet single-use plastic bags aren’t the worst environmental choice at the supermarket—they’re the best. High-density polyethylene bags are a marvel of economic, engineering and environmental efficiency.”

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Amend plastic bag ban before it’s too late

February 18, 2020

New York’s plastic bag ban is broken, but it isn’t too late to fix it.

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Plastic Bag Ban Success Hard to Gauge—For Billions of Reasons

February 14, 2020

Could plastic bag bans be based on inaccurate data? Bloomberg Environment investigates.

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You might want to wash your reusable bags

February 13, 2020

CNY Central swabbed reusable bags and found dangerous bacteria lurking inside.

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New York plastic-bag ban: Chaos to come

February 10, 2020

New York consumers and businesses alike are completely unprepared for the plastic bag ban about to be launched across the state, which will result in widespread confusion and chaos for weeks — if not many months — to come.

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Are your reusable bags full of poop bacteria?

February 10, 2020

What’s lurking on your reusable bags? KOAT swabbed several reusable bags, and the results found that they were extremely dirty.

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Plastic bag ban already a mess

February 9, 2020

It’s the epitome of being nickel-and-dimed to death. New York’s ban on plastic bags takes effect on March 1. You won’t be able to use the bags to tote your groceries home from the supermarket anymore. And if you want the supermarket to provide you with paper bags, that’ll cost you 5 cents each.

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Letter: Reverse plastic bag ban for the public’s health

February 7, 2020

In a recent letter to the editor, a reader expresses her concerns about dirty reusable bags.

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