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Drew and Joan Norman have been producing organic vegetables on 60 acres just north of Baltimore since 1983. On a recent spring day, signs of another new season at One Straw Farm were everywhere: seedlings in the greenhouse waiting to be transplanted, asparagus ready to be picked, tiny leaves of red- and green-leaf lettuce sprouting out of the ground — and rows and rows of plastic covering the ground on each field.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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Bexley City Council voted Tuesday to ban single-use plastics, just hours after Cuyahoga County voted on its own plastic bag ban.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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A team of Ohio State researchers have developed a material that could help reduce plastic pollution.

Going Plastic-less In The U.S.

Apr 8, 2019
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Plastic in the oceans. Plastic on the beaches, berms and ditches that line the roadways. 

A lot of that plastic has been used just once. In fact, geologists estimate that the entire earth could be covered with discarded single-use plastic such as straws, cups, plates and bags. 

And that plastic isn’t going away. 

In response, some cities want to ban single-use plastics. 

Today on All Sides,  the shift away from plastic and toward zero waste. 

Ohio state lawmakers are trying to ban local governments from implementing fees on plastic bags. The legislation is moving through the General Assembly as major cities around the country move in the opposite direction.

Kroger To Phase Out Plastic Bags At All Stores

Aug 23, 2018
Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Kroger Co., the nation's largest grocery chain, has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

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On today's show we discuss the consequences of the enormous amount of plastic disgarded everyday, alternative options available for use, and a bill that is currently making its way through the Ohio Senate concerning the issue.

It was a hot day at the zoo when Jordan Carlson's son, who has motor-planning delays, got thirsty. "We went to the snack bar and found out they had a 'no straw' policy," Carlson says. "It was a hot day and he couldn't drink."

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On today's show we discuss the consequences of the enormous amount of plastic disgarded everyday, alternative options available for use, and a bill that is currently making its way through the Ohio Senate concerning the issue.

Slurping up smoothies, sodas and slushies through disposable plastic straws could one day become a thing of the past.

The call to toss plastic straws out of our food system is growing louder and louder. On Thursday Bon Appétit, a large food service company, announced it is banning plastic straws in all 1,000 of its cafes in 33 states, including locations like AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The company says it plans to complete its transition to paper straws by September 2019.

It's the latest salvo in a growing war against straws.

Few inventions in modern history have been as successful as plastic. It's in vehicles and building materials and most of our electronic devices. We wrap stuff in it and even wear it.

Now a research team has tallied up how much plastic has been produced and where much of it has gone. Turns out, it's literally almost everywhere.