Covid-19 Rolling Back Sanctions on Single-Use Bags

June 25, 2020 1 min read 3 Comments

Covid-19 Rolling Back Sanctions on Single-Use Bags

States, cities, and stores have changed their tune over the past few months, lifting plastic bag bans and restricting the use of reusable bags. Even California, the pacesetter of the anti-plastic movement, has suspended its 4-year-old ban after certain studies have suggested that reusable bags, when not cleaned properly, can become veritable Petri dishes for bacteria and the like. In order to better protect their workers and customers, retail, grocery, and plastic industry advocates have rallied for plastics to be reinstated at least for the time being.

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In the interview, Keller points to environmentalists and other ban advocates who’ve called studies linking reusable bags to increased disease spread dubious. They note that reusable bags are not necessarily any more or less contaminated than other surfaces at stores. Keller also argues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all given guidance supporting the notion that reusable bags don’t pose a health threat.

In a letter to San Francisco Bay Area health officers, Keller and a coalition of business owners, nonprofits, academics, and concerned citizens urged for the current reusable bag restrictions to not become permanent. In this podcast, Keller goes over the letter and calls out the contradictions in allowing plastics to be used during the pandemic.


3 Responses

Cynthia Pedersen
Cynthia Pedersen

July 06, 2020

I was just commenting about this with someone the other day. We have tried so hard to convert everyone to using reusable bags only to have the progress wiped out from under us with this pandemic. It’s a little ridiculous to think that all reusable bags are covered in the virus. And now we’re using disposable masks, gloves and so much take out, there is even more trash, waste and litter EVERYWHERE!! We’ll be living on a shitty planet pretty soon, keep doing what you’re doing!!

Norma Graper
Norma Graper

July 06, 2020

It would be to every customers benefit to wash their reusable Chico Bags if they have a Chico Bag, the Chico Bags are great! I can understand why some retail stores don’t like when customers bring their own bags, some of the bags they bring are disgusting, dirty, and tattered. Really, have consideration for cashiers and the decency to bring in a clean reusable bag if you want to use your own bag, thank you.

Jane
Jane

July 06, 2020

Thank you for pursuing this. I was surprised that I couldn’t use my reusable bags. Since I was told that I tell clerks that I will put items in my bag as they ring them up; they don’t have to touch anything. So far, it’s been working. But, how many people are going to initiate that conversation? We should be free to use reusable bags since they pose no problem; plastic bags pose the biggest And most horrific problem.

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