Promotional products distributors that sell into Connecticut might be able to capitalize on new plastic bag prohibitions that are set to go into effect on August 1.
Legislators in the Nutmeg State recently passed a law that makes it mandatory for retailers to charge patrons a 10-cent fee for each single-use plastic bag. Analysts say that grocers and other stores could extend the fee to paper bags, too.
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— NBC Connecticut (@NBCConnecticut) July 3, 2019
The upshot of it all is that Connecticut consumers will increasingly be looking for reusable bags to avoid having to pay the charges. “I recycle the plastic that I get, but I will get my own bags,” Cindy Ehrlich, a Vernon, CT resident, told the local NBC affiliate.
Many others are likely to take Ehrlich’s approach. In that, there’s opportunity for any business or organization that’s active in the Connecticut market to help promote themselves and help potential clients/customers through the sale or free distribution of reusable branded tote bags. That’s something with which promo distributors can certainly help – and generate sales in the process.
Legislators and proponents of single-use plastic bag restrictions hope the regulations will encourage consumers to switch to reusable bags for their shopping. “Our goal is to shift consumer behavior,” Wayne Pesce, president of the Connecticut Food Association, told the NBC affiliate.
A growing number of municipalities, cities and states, as well as countries, are considering or actively trying to ban single-use plastic bags.
Single-use plastic bags officially banned for all New Zealand stores, supermarkets and restaurants. Kudos to New Zealand!