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    Plastic Bag Bans Put on Hold Amid Coronavirus Fears

    Plastic Bag Bans Put on Hold Amid Coronavirus Fears

    A number of states and cities that implemented bans on plastic bags are putting them on hold over concerns about the cleanliness of reusable bags amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Massachusetts Food Administration asked Governor Charlie Baker to rescind bans on plastic bags in several towns over concerns that handling the reusable bags […]

    New York’s Plastic Bag Ban Begins

    New York’s Plastic Bag Ban Begins

    Nearly one year after New York became the second state in the nation to pass a ban on grocery store plastic bags — the law is going into effect on Sunday. In accordance with the budge bill passed last year, New York State retailers will be banned from doling out single-use plastic bags, starting on […]

    Thailand Begins the New Year With Plastic Bag Ban

    Thailand Begins the New Year With Plastic Bag Ban

    Thailand rang in 2020 with an effort to tackle the plastic crisis filling the country’s waste sites and choking its waterways. The country’s ban on plastic bags at major retailers began as soon as the clock struck midnight in Bangkok. A complete ban of bags that includes smaller shops will go into effect in 2021, […]

    Study Finds Microplastics Stunt Earthworms’ Growth and Could Harm Soil Ecosystems

    Study Finds Microplastics Stunt Earthworms’ Growth and Could Harm Soil Ecosystems

    The ocean isn’t the only ecosystem threatened by microplastics. A first-of-its-kind study published Wednesday in Environmental Science and Technology found that particles from the kind of plastic commonly used in bags and bottles stunt the growth of earthworms, a finding with major implications for soil health, The Independent reported. Check out our latest paper on […]

    India Set to Ban 6 Single-Use Plastics on Gandhi’s Birthday

    India Set to Ban 6 Single-Use Plastics on Gandhi’s Birthday

    The government of India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on October 2, officials announced, in its most sweeping measure yet to eradicate single-use plastics from cities and villages that have ranked among the world’s most polluted. The ban will be comprehensive and will cover manufacturing, usage, and […]

    German Environment Minister Calls for Plastic Bag Ban

    German Environment Minister Calls for Plastic Bag Ban

    German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has said she plans to introduce a law to ban the use of plastic bags. “My ministry will get a plastic bag ban on its way,” the Social Democrat said in Berlin on Sunday, without providing a timeline. She said the goal was to “get out of the throwaway society […]

    Coca-Cola and Pepsico Are Breaking Free From Plastics Trade Group

    Coca-Cola and Pepsico Are Breaking Free From Plastics Trade Group

    Beverage behemoths Coca-Cola and Pepsico have taken a stand against a trade association that actively works to restrict plastic bag bans. The two soft drink giants have announced that they will leave the Plastics Industry Association as a response to concerns that their membership in the group contradicted their commitment to reducing plastic waste and […]