Plastic industry pushes pause for bag bans
You might’ve seen social media ads from a conservative group called the Independent Women’s Forum claiming that Covid-19 can survive on reusable grocery bags; the ads suggest that bans on single-use plastic bags should be abandoned. As Mother Jones reports, the evidence backing up this claim is pretty thin. The magazine suggests the anti-bag-ban media blitz is a coordinated effort by the plastics industry to use the virus to pause recent statewide bag bans. So far, it’s working: Maine has postponed its ban, and New Hampshire and Massachusetts have gone so far as to ban reusable bags. When opportunity knocks….