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The Scope of the Plastic Shopping Bag Problem

Rhcrest Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 7:16 AM
Actually, these nutcases don't want us to even exist, hence the elimination of us, our cars and the need for bags of anykind at the grocery store. I always tell them they should lead by example and gather up all their tree hugging friends, go find the nearest really really really tall cliff and jump. The area wildlife will appreciate the meal and their bodies will be recycled through the wildlife, they get to save the earth and the rest of us don't have to listen to them anymore. It would be a win win all around.

How big of a problem do plastic shopping bags pose to the environment?

Since the elected supervisors of Los Angeles' City Council recently voted to ban plastic shopping bags at the city's retailers, largely in response to "clean-water" advocates, who argue that the bags "pollute the ocean and the city's waterways", we thought we'd get a sense of just how big that problem really is.

Our chart below presents the answer, which refers to data that those who support bans on plastic shopping bags frequently cite in advancing their agenda: