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2024-02-05 06:50 by Karl Denninger
in Environment , 278 references
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This one was obvious...

"Following New Jersey’s ban of single-use bags, the shift from plastic film to alternative bags resulted in a nearly 3x increase in plastic consumption for bags," Freedonia Custom Research (FCR), a business research division for, reported in a study published this month. 

New Jersey implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2022, the strictest ban on bags in the nation at the time, billing it as an effort to cut back on the plastic one-use bags piling up in landfills. 

The fallacy was that by forcing consumers to buy multi-use containers (e.g. the bags Aldi sells) under penalty of law, that they would be used more times and the "more times" would be enough to reduce consumption.

This was utterly stupid and should have been foreseen.  Consumers will use a thing until their perception of its use runs into the hassle of reuse and then it gets tossed even though it could have its life extended.

Witness cellphones.  Is the argument for not making replaceable batteries really that it forces consumers to buy new ones?  No, it really comes down to that phone you have isn't so shiny -- the screen might have a crack in it, the back is scratched up, its just not as pretty and there are two new bands that aren't in it because they weren't legal when you bought it so you buy the new one when the old one's battery is exhausted.  Since it costs money to keep batteries in stock and sell them and the connector costs money too, and consumers don't want the old phone anyway guess what -- they're all sealed today.

Do I personally think this sucks?  Yes.  But I'm N = 1 and the rest of the market says I'm wrong.  Oh well.

The same thing happened here.  New Jersey not only wound up with more pollution but in addition, and much worse, the retailers got a $200,000 additional profit stream per location, so not only did it pollute more the consumer got screwed at gunpoint.

Now let's do EVs and solar panels and "power walls" on houses...... (grab your ankles folks and, by the way, the store is out of lube.)

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