San Francisco, among other places, has placed a ban on plastic grocery bags for flimsy environmental reasons. Well, now it turns out that the substitute, reusable cloth bags, help spread disease. It has been known for some time that these cloth bags can spread norovirus. A recent study indicates that reusable bags are associated with e. coli, salmonella, and other bacterial infections.
It is estimated that the San Francisco ban results in 5 deaths each year. Allowing people to use plastic bags would save lives. If it would save just one life, isn’t it worth it?