Plastics Bans, Alternatives & Initiatives

» Here’s how many times you need to reuse your reusable grocery bags
By Katie Hunt, CNN
December 13, 2022

» That Reusable Trader Joe’s Bag? It’s Rescuing an Indian Industry.
India’s deep-rooted jute industry has struggled for decades, undercut by cheaper synthetics. Now its bags are a sought-after biodegradable alternative.
By Sameer Yasir, New York Times
October 10, 2022

» R.I. bans plastic bags at retailers statewide
“We have seen first-hand the damage that plastic bags do to our oceans and environment for many years now,” said Representative Carol Hagan McEntee, who sponsored the bill in the House
By Alexa Gagosz, Boston Globe
June 22, 2022

» Virginia governor rolls back plastics phase-out, seeking to court recycling
An executive order this spring by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin trumpeted efforts to boost recycling, but it also eliminated a commitment by his predecessor to phase out single-use plastics at state agencies and universities.
By Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network
June 21, 2022

» Canada announces ban on single-use plastics in ‘historic step’
New regulations will prohibit sale and import of ‘harmful’ plastics, with some time for businesses to adjust.
By Al Jazeera
June 20, 2022

» US government to ban single-use plastic in national parks
Biden officials make announcement on World Oceans Day in effort to stem huge tide of pollution from plastic bottles and packaging
By Oliver Milman, The Guardian
June 8, 2022

» Beyond reusing and recycling: How the US could actually reduce plastic production
Whether it’s a cap on production or a market mechanism, it’s likely to meet industry opposition.
By Joseph Winters, Grist
December 13, 2021

» New York Will Finally Enforce Its Plastic Bag Ban
By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
October 19, 2020

» Maryland Will Be First State to Ban Foam Food Containers
By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
September 28, 2020

» New York’s plastic bag ban has survived the pandemic
By Angely Mercado, Grist
September 4, 2020

» Environmental groups hail Baker’s lift on reusable bags, and plastic bag ban suspension
By Heather Bellow, Berkshire Eagle
July 11, 2020

» ‘It’s all on hold’: how Covid-19 derailed the fight against plastic waste
Pandemic prompted states to temporarily ban reusable grocery bags and stalled legislation aimed at reducing plastic packaging
By Erin McCormick, The Guardian
July 9, 2020

» Tired of Plastic? These Businesses Have Ideas for You
Companies are developing alternatives to single-use plastic, and with options including seaweed and mushroom tissue, consumer interest isn’t disappearing, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times
May 27, 2020

» The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year
Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles
By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian
May 16, 2020

» In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
March 26, 2020

» New York: plastic bag ban takes effect to address ‘environmental blights’
Businesses will no longer be allowed to provide or sell plastic bags in third state after California and Oregon to enforce ban
By Miranda Bryant, The Guardian
March 1, 2020

» Your Foam Coffee Cup Is Fighting for Its Life
The Dart Container Corporation, which makes foam products, is a manufacturing behemoth and produced a fortune for the family behind it. Environmentalists say its products are polluting the globe.
By Michael Corkery, New York Times
February 10, 2020

» Vermont Takes Next Steps in Stopping Toxic Plastic Pollution
We break down the toxic toll of plastic pollution as state working group convenes to document health and environmental impacts
By Jen Duggan, Conservation Law Foundation
October 2, 2019

» Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out.
And will it work for plastic straws?
By Matthew Zeitlin, Vox
August 27, 2019

» Those Tiny Hotel Toiletry Bottles Are on Their Way Out
By Christine Hauser, New York Times
June 4, 2019

» Morrisons the first supermarket to ban fruit plastic packaging
By Angus Howarth, The Scotsman
May 21, 2019

» Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, utensils
By Associated Press
May 10, 2019

» Plastic Bag Ban Passes In Springfield, Massachusetts
By Sean Teehan, NEPR
April 23, 2019

» ALDI says all packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025
By Melissa Breyer, Treehugger
April 4, 2019

» A Beautiful World: Europe bans single-use plastic
By Heather McElhatton, MPR News
February 11, 2019

» Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
August 31, 2018

» Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste
Scientists looking to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic are harnessing everything from wood-eating bugs to chicory
Damian Carrington, Environment editor, The Guardian
July 5, 2018

» Saltwater Brewery Creates Edible Six-Pack Rings
By Heather Galanty, Craft
May 13, 2016
SWB’s page on the rings
Eco Six Pack Rings (E6PR) page

» Infinitely Recyclable ‘Plastic’ Has Been Invented by Scientists
By Aristos Georgiou, Newsweek
April 27, 2018

» Thousands leave plastic behind in shops on day of action
Irish activists engage in a ‘shop and drop’ to highlight levels of unwanted packaging
By Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor, Irish Times
April 21, 2018

» Plastic bag taxes really work
By Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger
April 5, 2018

» McDonald’s Is the Latest Restaurant to Ban Plastic Straws (from its 1,300 U.K. restaurants)
By Natasha Bach, Fortune Magazine
March 28, 2018

» Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?
UK Businesses Move Forward with Plastic Bans
BBC News
March 28, 2018

» Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils: All single-use plastic must be phased out by 2030
By Joe McCarthy, Global Citizen
Feb. 22, 2018

» Is it possible to live without plastic?
Readers’ tips for tip-free living
By Rachel Obordo, the Guardian
Wed 17 Jan 2018

» Lincoln-based company unveils compostable coffee pods
By Brian Hickey, KCRA
October 26, 2017