The Conundrum of Consumer Bags
So, the town of Barrington is well on its way to banning the use of plastic shopping bags among the commercial establishments within its borders:
… the town conservation commission has already voted to ban the use of plastic grocery bags at retail stores. The proposal now goes before the Town Council for review.
If it passes, Barrington would become the second town in New England to impose such a law, increas ingly popular along the trendy West Coast. San Francisco banned plastic bags in large grocery stores and pharmacies in 2007, followed by Oakland and Los Angeles.
The move is triply surreal. For one thing, as American Progressive Bag Alliance spokeswoman argues, “Paper bags are worse for the earth.” That is, the ban would be a government restraint on human activity that is at best debatable.
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