Whither the plastic grocery bag? On the one hand, plastic bags, despite their legendary durability, are facing a growing threat to their continued existence in the supermarket. Media reports have excoriated use of the bags, calling them “a source of environmental anxiety” for polluting landfills and city streets and threatening birds, fish and other living creatures that may ingest the bags or get snared by them. To date, several major American cities have passed, or are considering, ...

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