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Outlawed polythene bags are ubiquitous in Chittagong city where they are clogging up the drains and canals because authorities are doing little to enforce Michael Kors Outlet the ban on them.

Despite the prohibition, poly bags are part and parcel of life in the port city where they are available in every market and shop.

Department of Environment (DoE) sources said they cannot conduct drives against the use of the banned item because of a manpower shortage.

But the rampant use of Michael Kors Outlet the environmentally unfriendly item has cost Chittagong city residents widespread flooding during the monsoon season because of blocked drains and water channels.

The government, in 2001, slapped a ban on the use of 40 to 50 microgram polythene bags after it was determined that the bags were a major contributor to the 1988 and 1998 floods that submerged two-thirds of the country. The law did not apply to export-oriented polythene production.

The banned bags were seen Michael Kors Factory Outlet in retail shops, at kitchen markets and groceries, and in the city’s wholesale markets, in short everywhere people traded goods.

DoE sources said poly bags were brought into Chittagong from factories in Dhaka and Chandpur on covered vans and by boat, before being distributed to the city’s traders and retailers in the dead of night.

Furthermore, factories that Michael Kors Outlet Online produced poly bags for the readymade garment (RMG) industry were also illegally supplying poly bags to Chittagong wholesale and retail businesses, sources added.

Businesspeople in the city told the Dhaka Tribune that one pound of poly bags – they are priced by weight — sold at Tk75 to Tk80. They said consumer preference for polythene packaging drove demand for the bags.

Md Zafor Alam, director Michael Kors Outlet Stores of the Department of Environment, told the Dhaka Tribune at least two mobile courts conducted drives each month under a deputy commissioner.

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The state Assembly Michael Kors Outlet Online approved SB270 on a 44-29 vote after rejecting the bill earlier in the week. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday and has support from top Democrats who rejected a similar effort last year.

The new version won support from grocers by allowing them to charge 10 cents for paper and reusable bags, and from some manufacturers by including $2 million in loans to help shift production to reusable bags.

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How Green Are Reusable Bags?

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Business are selling them, even giving them away hoping they will replace those plastic grocery bags that have become something of a poster child for environmental waste and destruction. From the Whole Foods Market to Home Depot, stores are jumping on the reusable-bag Michael Kors Factory Outlet bandwagon, delighting many eco-minded shoppers.

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«There are a lot of different characteristics,» Hoover says. «And it can be hard to say, 'Organic and fair trade and local cloth is better than recycled content polypropylene from China.' There are too many parameters to come up with a clear winner.»

Stores too struggle with Michael Kors Outlet Stores the trade-offs. Last year, Wal-Mart started selling a black bag that was made entirely from recycled bottles. Now, it offers a cheaper blue bag that is thinner and uses less plastic. On the other hand, however, only a third of the plastic in the new blue bag is recycled. And, it lasts only about half as long as the black one.

«I always forget [my re-usable bags.] So they sit in the car,» says Paul Briner, a contractor in Boston, loading his groceries into a paper bag at the check-out of the Whole Foods Market.

«I still prefer the plastic,» says another shopper, firefighter Rob Williams. Whole Foods offers only paper bags, but when he's shopping at other stores that still offer plastic, «I always take the plastic,» Williams says. «I'm just being honest.»

«For 5 or 10 percent Michael Kors Canada of the population, I'll call them 'the tree-huggers,' it's OK, they're going to do it anyway,» Lilienfeld says. «The vegetarians are going to do it anyway. The rest of us need an incentive.»

And it's not only habits at the grocery store that will need to change. Once people no longer have a ready supply of old grocery bags stashed at home, they will have to find new ways to pick up their dog poop or line their bathroom waste baskets. If people just go out and buy other plastic bags, it will defeat the purpose.

As people begin to think more about their shopping bags, Lilienfield says he hopes they'll also start to think more about what's in the bag as well.