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Every 15.5 hours, Americans throw out enough plastic to fill the AT&T Stadium - the largest NFL stadium in the country.

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California: Nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban cuts waste

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California: Nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban cuts waste

California has been a flagship state for bans of plastic bags, first at the local level, followed by the adoption of the nation's first statewide plastic bag ban in 2014. The bans have been effective at keeping plastic bags out of rivers and off of beaches, and have made recycling more efficient.

Bernie’s mittens and the limits of recycling plastic

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Bernie’s mittens and the limits of recycling plastic

One of the most widely shared images from the inauguration was of Sen. Bernie Sanders huddled in his chair, trying to stay warm in his beige parka and wool mittens. Soon we learned those mittens were lined with fleece made from recycled plastic. I’m all for finding more uses for discarded plastic. Reducing the amount of plastic we throw away is going to require a variety of approaches, including finding more ways to recycle plastic. However, while recycling is an important part of the solution, it isn’t the entire solution.

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