Plastic Bags: The True Cost
Plastic Bags as a One-Use Item
The use of disposable bags has become so routine that most people don’t even think about it: they make a purchase and a clerk places it in a bag, which the customer takes home and throws away. Multiply the number of purchases an average person makes in a year – from groceries to cosmetics to hardware – times the number of people in the U.S., and you have a situation that creates an enormous amount of waste. An increasing number of municipalities and states are passing laws to limit or eliminate the use of disposable bags, particularly those that are made from non-recyclable plastic.