Some countries have already banned plastic bags and bags are taxed or customers must pay for them in other countries. A number of cities around the U.S. have sort of ban on single-use bags. In Massachusetts, there are bans in Nantucket, Brookline, Great Barrington and Manchester-by-the-Sea.
I’m not saying this won’t take some sacrifice from us all, myself included. However, if this means I can tell my children that we are doing what we can to protect their futures, one less plastic bag in my shopping cart seems a small price to pay. We accepted single-use bags easily when they came into our lives, and we should accept their leaving quickly and easily now that they’re a problem.