End of plastic

Now that San Franciscans have adjusted to grocery stores without plastic bags, they have to make the next change to drugstores without plastic. This next step shouldn’t be too difficult, and may mark a further shift of many people to cloth bags instead of paper. That can’t be too difficult. Still, we do wonder what will happen as the final plastic bags disappear from the city landscape. How will morning newspapers be delivered in the foggy reaches of the Sunset or during the rainy season without their jackets of plastic? And what will substitute for plastic for lining waste baskets or–even worse–picking up after our dogs? Is the Board of Supervisors thinking about these problems in a city without plastic? Perhaps they had better do that before a black market in plastic bags from less enlightened communities develops.

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