What’s The Business Case For Plastic Bags?

Retailer groups cheered the Texas Supreme Court decision to invalidate cities’ bag ban, but why do they like to give out free plastic bags?

UH economist Steve Craig says cost is the main factor in retailers’ preference for plastic bags.

In the battle over plastic shopping bags in Texas, the bags are winning.

Last month, the Texas Supreme Court struck down the city of Laredo's ban on such bags.

As a result, the city of Austin earlier this week said it would no longer enforce its ban.

Business groups supported the ruling.

University of Houston economist Steve Craig explains why plastic sacks are the go-to bags for retailers.

Click on the audio above to listen to the interview.


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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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