Pondering Plastic Bags… Again

The plastic bag debate has been going on for a long time. At first, the big decision was paper versus plastic. But with countries like China and Ireland adopting fees for plastic bags, and, officials in San Francisco voting not only to expand its existing  ban on plastic bags but to require shoppers to pay 10 cents each for paper bags, it seems like one question remains: Are plastic bags headed towards extinction?

An article in yesterday’s New York Times, “Should Plastic Bags Be Banned” explores the possibility and raises some interesting questions. What do you think? Should customers be charged for each bag? Should plastic be banned altogether? We’d love to hear your thoughts.