No More Plastic Bags!
The NYT has an editorial about the scourge of plastic bags, “which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are running out of places to put their trash.”
I’m old enough to remember when biodegradable brown paper bags were the norm in American grocery stores. Not only didn’t they clog landfills but they were recyclable, making fine covers for our schoolbooks. They had the additional benefit of not spilling one’s groceries all about the trunk.
Alas, they were gradually phased out because they weren’t environmentally friendly. Dead trees and all that.
Now, they apparently want us to start carrying around reusable cloth bags. It’s probably not a bad idea, really, although a tad inconvenient.