Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
As the world experienced the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the use of reusable items such as bags for shopping changed. Huge steps have been taken over the past few years in the United States to limit the use of single-use plastic grocery bags. Bag bans or fees have been instituted at state and local levels around the country. People are remembering to bring their own bag into the store or refusing a bag and hand carrying their items. However, this all changed in the spring of 2020. Stores that once encouraged people to bring their own bags into the store were putting up signs telling customers to leave their bags in the car. Cities that implemented disposable bag bans or fees paused such legislation. This study was conducted to get feedback from the general public to determine how they feel about only being allowed to use disposable bags.