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Before the start of the coronavirus outbreak, cities and states were making some progress on banning plastic bags, shifting from singe-use plastic to paper products and encouraging shoppers to bring reusable bags.
But now health concerns over Covid-19 have reversed that progress. Some cities have rolled back the bans on plastic bags and retailers are stopping customers from using reusable bags.
“The environmental fallout is definitely real,” said Sandra Noonan, chief sustainability officer of Just Salad, a popular chain that shifted away from reusable bowls once the pandemic hit.