There’s a paper bag shortage — and New York’s plastic bag ban will make it worse, expert warns

The state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect on March 1. Consumers will have the option of bringing their own reusable bags or paying a 5 cent fee for paper bags. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The state of New York made a “monstrous mistake” assuming there would be enough paper bags to replace soon-to-be-banned single-use plastic bags, said an industry expert. Phil Rozenski, spokesman for Novolex, a paper bag manufacturer that has seven facilities across the United States, told the Advance that New York is in serious trouble. “[New York state] just assumed that if it banned plastic bags and mandated the use of paper, that people would just be able to go and buy the paper bags. Well, you have to buy the bags somewhere,” he said. The statewide ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect March 1. Consumers will have the option of using their own reusable bags or paying a 5-cent fee for paper bags. As part of the ban, counties and cities are able to opt into charging a 5-cent fee on paper bags, of which 2 cents will go to local governments and 3 cents will go to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. New York City opted-in to charging the 5-cent fee. New York...

10 best garden sheds for small spaces, allotments and more

Most people with a garden dream of what their ideal shed might look like. From keen gardeners and allotment holders looking for somewhere to keep their tools, to the DIYers in need of a workshop, through to those who want to create an extra room or two to use as an office, a place to relax or even somewhere guests can sleep in. With so many functional considerations for the modern shed, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of competition among manufacturers, who produce thousands of products for us to choose from. To help us put together this list of shed suggestions we consulted some experts on the subject, including Cuprinol Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox (aka Uncle Wilco) and authors of Haynes Shed Manual, John Coupe and Alex Johnson. Most of the sheds we looked at are produced by businesses with a national presence, but it’s also worth checking suppliers in your area – you’ll likely find a great choice of sheds from local specialists that you can walk around in and weigh up against those that are only available to view online. And by meeting the makers you’re more likely to be able to get a bespoke solution that suits your dream specifications. Before taking the plung...