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(article, Kim Carlson)
We've addressed the paper-vs.-plastic question before. First, the city of San Francisco banned plastic shopping bags. Now, Whole Foods has announced that it will stop giving customers plastic bags for carrying home their groceries. Instead, Whole Foods will offer paper bags or, for a fee, reusable cloth bags. According to USA Today,_ plastic bags take 1,000 years to break down in landfills. If Whole Foods stops using plastic bags by Earth Day (April 22) this year, the company estimates it will prevent 100 million bags from being tossed into landfills. But not everyone is happy: One Whole Foods customer complained that he'll miss using his plastic shopping bags for trash. Meanwhile, a representative from the trade group that represents bag manufacturers suggests that most people do reuse plastic grocery bags — a whopping 92 percent. (He didn't say how often, however.) What about you? Do you reuse plastic grocery bags? Would you miss them if your market stopped providing them?