I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.
Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions
in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works
With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.
Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene
are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years
, by some estimates, or perhaps forever
by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing.
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