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The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro
Environment: How to Give Plastic Bags the Sack

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You get it, right? Both plastic and paper shopping bags are bad.

Plastic is an easier villain. It lasts for centuries, kills hundreds of thousands of birds and water creatures a year, and is made from petroleum. Plus, only a small fraction of the 80 billion bags used annually are recycled. But paper has its own demerits. It’s bulky, expensive, requires more fuel to transport.

This is why Seattle’s proposed a 20-cent fee on every plastic or paper bag has more foresight than Whole Foods’ elimination of plastic bags, which takes effect today, Earth Day, April 22.