Cities and localities all over the country have been trying to clean up their environments by limiting the number of plastic shopping bags that are given out at stores and pharmacies. The goal has been to get shoppers into the habit of using cloth shopping bags instead.
In some locations, such as in Washington, DC, these efforts has been met with a decent amount of success. In that region of the country, they started charging shoppers five cents for a plastic shopping bag. The result was that less plastic bags were clogging the Anacostia River and more people were buying the cloth shopping bags offered by the grocery stores and pharmacies for about $1. They were also being kept from filling up landfills and th