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Environment

Should the Government Ban Plastic Bags?

Yes

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Plastic bags are environmentally harmful
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People throw away 100 billion non-biodegradable plastic bags every year
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People are not environmentally conscious on their own
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Plastic bags are difficult to recycle so people don't
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Fabric reusable bags are the most environmentally friendly
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Phthalates, and bpa in plastics are harmful to health and our ground water.
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If not the government who is in the correct position to succeed at this?
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Real change won't happen until government overrides the convenience of plastic.
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No

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Government is already too intrusive in business and personal lives
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People repurpose plastic bags as garbage bags
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Reusable bags can harbor diseases if not washed each time.
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Plastic bags are most convenient for moms and elderly shoppers
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Fabric reusable bags are very inconvenient, so people don't use them
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People are going to be just as wasteful with the next kind of bag.
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A ban on plastic bags would drive up costs for consumers.
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Plastic bags are environmentally better than paper bags
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They should use a free-market approach to discourage use rather than a ban.
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