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(article, Culinate staff)
As the Associated Press reported recently, Seattle has become the latest city to ban plastic bags. Other U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Portland, San Jose, and Aspen, have already joined the no-plastic parade. As with most of the municipal bans, the new no-bag rule applies only to carryout shopping bags, not the plastic used to bag bulk foods, produce, meat, and the like. Still, with no more plastic at the checkout stand, and paper bags starting to ring up per-bag charges, maybe more and more folks will start toting their own carryalls. Just remember to wash them regularly to get rid of icky bacteria, mold, and the like.