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Life Cycle Assessment of Grocery Bags in Common Use in the United States, by Robert M. Kimmel, Kay D. Cooksey, and Allison Littman

November 15, 2014

grocery-bags-300x450In recent years, municipalities throughout the United States have considered, and some have instituted, regulations and restrictions on retail grocery and carrier bags in order to promote sustainability and reduce perceived litter problems. In light of this trend, the intended application of this study is to provide an objective, data-driven platform upon which decisions about grocery bag use can be made. This study aims to fulfill that goal by making a comparative assertion among the six types of grocery carrier bags studied based on their respective potential environmental impacts, using data appropriate to the United States.

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