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Canvas Bags Beat Paper and Plastic

February 18, 1990

Your article "Is It in the Bag?" was thought-provoking, and when we consider the massive numbers of plastic grocery bags used each week, just in Los Angeles County, the magnitude of the problem is overwhelming.

Perhaps it's too simplistic a solution, but if all markets were required to charge a small fee, perhaps 5 or 10 cents, for every plastic bag dispensed, most all of us would quickly get into the habit of returning our grocery bags for refilling or of purchasing heavyweight bags that would be serviceable for long periods of time. After all, we do remember to cut and carry coupons that save a few cents; we could learn to return grocery bags.

JEAN MANNINGS, Hermosa Beach

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