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"It's not about plastic bags - it's about how we shift to a culture of re-use"

"Grocery stores have tried to offer a five-cent reward to bring your own bag and people weren't motivated, but for the exact same amount, people will do anything to avoid the fee."

Duluth's fee for single-use plastic carryout bags goes into effect today, (and aren't you glad now you took thatKUMD reuseable bag as a thank you gift?) but it's been a long slog for Jamie Harvie and other members ofBag It Duluth.

In the four years since the idea of the fee was introduced, though - and in particular through the last two years of the pandemic, Harvie says people are looking for meaningful actions, but they're also thinking about how to "connect with the sacred" and thinking about the generations yet to come.

Lisa Johnson has been a broadcast journalist for 41 years ... and a radio announcer for a teensy bit longer.
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