I suspect that the plastics industry was depending on American laziness and counting on convenience… now they’re up and moving… should be interesting to see who wins, the producer, or their customers.

Summit County Citizens Voice

Economic and health arguments used to try and stem growing community efforts to reduce plastic pollution

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With growing awareness that plastic trash is having serious impacts on aquatic environments, especially in the oceans, communities around the world are moving to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic bags and other sources of plastic.

At the same time, the industry is pushing back, setting up a classic environmental battle. Instead of figuring out a way to be part of the solution instead of the problem, plastic bag manufacturers are making an economic argument, trying to show with questionable studies that plastic bag bans impact sales and employment.

It’s a pretty typical tactic, commonly used by the energy industry, but it has the potential to be effective. In one recent example, a conservative think tank, the National Center for Policy Analysis, issued a press release purporting…

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