Stop giving away disposable plastic bags at UTD bookstore

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Plastic bag culture in America is changing, and this change is coming from a variety of sources. States such as New York have passed legislation pushing consumers towards reusable bags through a tax on disposable bags, while major corporations such as Target now offer rebates for shoppers using reusable bags. The negative impact of plastic in our environment is well-documented, and it is high time that the U.S., and entire world, begin taking basic measures to reduce bag waste. These changes should come from all sectors, government, private, and public. As an officially sanctioned entity of the University of Texas at Dallas, the campus bookstore could set a standard for sustainability and be a positive influence on plastic bag culture by voluntarily implementing measures to reduce plastic bag waste, rather than continuing to wait for change to be forced onto it, as has happened in New York. 

One way to achieve this that has been proven to be effective is to charge for plastic bags unless the customer has brought their own. The bags sold would ideally be reusable, but could also be disposable. Charging for not having bags, rather than offering a rebate, reinforces the idea that not having bags costs money (even if the cost is small) and motivates shoppers to bring their own bags.



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