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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Jay Wye Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 11:25 AM
those "reusable" canvas bags only last a few uses. then they start to fall apart. wash them,and they fall apart sooner. Plus you have to remember to bring them with you when you go shopping.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 12:18 PM
I shop at discount stores that don't offer bags at all.

Better bags can be readily made by anyone with the slightest skill at sewing or other crafts.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...