Plastic bags, they’re everywhere. About 100 billion are used in United States every year. New York City is responsible for 5.2 billion of that count; Tempe, Arizona contributes 50 million. These mundane conveniences that you probably have stuffed in a drawer or under your sink are also the focal point of an ongoing battle.

That’s right, plastic bags are at the center of a serious conflict between those who want to regulate their usage and those who don’t. And as Adam Sternbergh meticulously detailed for New York Magazine last month, “the fight over plastic bags is about a lot more than how to get groceries home.”

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