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March 10, 2010

Our Scoop: Study Finds High-Quality Reusable Bags Best for the Environment

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A recent study by ICF International compared the environmental impact of single-use paper and plastic bags, biodegradable bags and reusable bags on a number of factors including resources, public services, land use planning, waste reduction and energy systems. The analysis concluded that reusable bags (even more so, high-quality reusable bags) are the best option for the environment. The report's findings may be used to influence future policies regarding bans and fees for single-use bags in California. The study points to Ireland's successful bag fee as a way to reduce use of single-use bags by up to 90%.

Read the executive summary here or the entire report here.

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