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Freshwater Science Teaser: Why Environmentally Conscious Shoppers Don’t Bring Reusable Bags

Single-use plastic bags are everywhere in society, but despite their convenience, they can have negative impacts on the environment and on waste management. Farmers markets seem like a logical place to encourage the use of reusable bags, but when Jill Bartolotta and Dr. Scott Hardy from Ohio Sea Grant examined the effects of giving out free reusable bags at the Ohio farmers markets, they found that just having bags available is not an effective approach to reducing the use of plastic bags. Instead, communities should consider focused approaches like bag bans and education and outreach strategies, as well as financial and policy incentives

Published: Jun 6, 2022
Last Modified: Jun 6, 2022
Duration: ~ 1 min
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 Scott  Hardy

Scott Hardy , PhD

Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

 Jill Ferlinc Bartolotta

Jill Ferlinc Bartolotta

Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

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Single-use plastic bags are everywhere in society, but despite their convenience, they can have negative impacts on the environment and on waste management. Farmers markets seem like a logical place to encourage the use of reusable bags, but when Jill Bartolotta and Dr. Scott Hardy from Ohio Sea Grant examined the effects of giving out free reusable bags at the Ohio farmers markets, they found that just having bags available is not an effective approach to reducing the use of plastic bags. Instead, communities should consider focused approaches like bag bans and education and outreach strategies, as well as financial and policy incentives.