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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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As the world gets more environmentally conscious, there are a lot of changes that have been made. In recent years, the state of New York banned the use of plastic bags for carrying out items at retailers, hoping to promote reusable bags, cutting down dramatically on plastics. One alternative that a lot of people have turned to is using paper bags. Though they’re more environmentally friendly, it’s not the perfect solution, and there are plans to make paper bags a thing of the past, as well.

While an outright ban won’t happen right away, there’s at least going to be a tax on paper bags according to state officials. For every paper bag that’s handed out, there’s going to be a $0.05 to consumers. That can add up quickly, and there are plenty that are starting to bring their own reusable bags. It’s an incentive that many agree will encourage the use of reusables, as people don’t want to fork over their hard earned money if they don’t have to, even if it’s just a few pennies here and there.

Albany lawmakers have said that they’ve taken a page from the book of a city like Los Angeles. There, it costs $0.10 for each paper bag that a consumer uses, and that it drastically reduced the amount of paper bags that are being used in the city. All in all, there was a 94 percent drop in people using paper bags. Washington, D.C. also enacted the nickel fee that New York State passed, and they’ve seen usage drop by half.

Finance expert Daniel Egan said that “Because of the fact people don’t have to think of the cost for consuming that thing, they consume way too much of it.” Economist Warren Cormier agreed, saying that “Fees are generally annoying, particularly if they are on items that were normally free.”

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