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White plastic grocery bag with red “thank you” text on gray background
Photo by Christopher Vega

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the country paused. A public uncertain of the future took shelter in their homes, trying to determine who to trust and how to protect themselves in a world that seemed new and unfamiliar.

But even as uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, plastic manufacturers are taking advantage of the opportunity to increase production of single-use plastics like bags and bottles, claiming that they are safer than their reusable alternatives.

Kirstie Pecci, director of the Zero Waste Project at the Conservation Law Foundation, said that plastic manufacturers, motivated by profit, are…

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