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City's plastic bag ban could mean more potato chips in your cart

City's plastic bag ban could mean more potato chips in your cart

As Chicagoans switch to reusable grocery sacks due to a ban beginning Saturday on thin plastic bags, those reusable bags may cause psychological effects that make consumers spend extra money buying more organic food — and more junk food. Junk food? A new academic study in the Journal of Marketing finds shoppers with reusable bags often feel virtuous, because they are acting in an environmentally responsible way. "That feeling easily persuades them that, because they are being good to the environment, they should treat themselves to cookies or potato chips or some other product with lots of fat, salt or sugar," write Uma R. Karmarkar of Harvard University and Bryan...

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