Good Question: Why Do We Use So Much Plastic?

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Tuesday, California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags like the ones used in Target and grocery stores across the country.

The plastic bags will be phased out over the next two years, but people can still use them for vegetables and meats. Paper bags will cost 10 cents while reusable bags will be free to use.

According to the plastics industry, 90 percent of grocery bags in the U.S. are still plastic.

So, why do we use so much of it?

Plastic bags were first put into checkout lines in 1977. They cost between 1 to 2 cents. Paper bags can run 4 to 5 cents.

“They’re inexpensive to produce and for the amount of material it takes to make a plastic bag you can carry a lot of stuff in it,” said Marc Hillmyer, a professor of polymer chemistry at the…

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