An awakening in retail and packaging is underway. Some of it felt sudden — it’s as if a collective conversation about straws occurred and Starbucks immediately responded by announcing it would eliminate single-use plastic straws in 28,000 stores. Other changes have been a slow burn. In 2010, Washington D.C. placed a tax on plastic bags after The Department of Energy and Environment conducted a trash study of the city’s Anacostia River and discovered that disposable plastic bags were one of its largest sources of litter. Since that time there have been similar movements in other states, including California and New York. Read more at Retail Dive.