As of March 1st 2020, plastic bags are banned (with some exceptions) in New York State. In NYC there is also going to be a 5 cent fee for paper bags. Some businesses like Beacon's Closet (save the planet and thrift!) have already enacted this fee. As someone who has lived in other countries that also banned plastic/enacted a fee, I am pleased the place I currently call home is following suit. As someone who works in the costume industry, I am interested to see how this effects shopping for garments and fabric.
I currently have many reusable bags myself as I have been trying to reduce my impact on the environment for a while. I have some very large bags and varying other sizes I constantly use to tote around costumes, lunch, groceries, etc. I don't find it hard to keep at least one bag with me constantly, but for people like shoppers in the film and television industry, I can't imagine how many empty bags they will be required to carry with them at the start of their day.
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I am looking forward to see what will happen in the coming months once the ban is enacted. My hope, and I think the hope of those that passed it is to lessen the plastic NYC (and the rest of the state) uses on a daily basis. I hope that the reusable bags are indeed used and don't start littering our streets like the plastic ones they are meant to be replacing.