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Chicago plastic bag ban not ideal, activist says

by Rose Zhou
April 29, 2014


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Jordan Parker outside a Chicago grocery store.

A plastic bag ban would make Chicago chain grocers switch to paper and compostable bags by summer 2015. Although paper bags take less time to biodegrade, producing them creates more waste water and air pollution than producing plastic bags. Local environmentalists say a ban on plastic bags doesn't go far enough.