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Will Plastic Bags Ever Disappear?

A technological marvel, the plastic bag has become a symbol of humankind's ecological footprint. Laws and habits are decreasing their use, but the alternative is sometimes worse.

Don't worry, in 400 years this one will have completely disappeared...
Don't worry, in 400 years this one will have completely disappeared...
Gilles van Kote

PARIS - Scapegoat or environmental calamity? In three decades the plastic bag, a technological marvel capable of supporting two thousand times its own weight, has become a symbol of the thoughtlessness – and indeed an ecological footprint – of our consumerism.

In an attempt to rid our landscapes and oceans of this scourge, Mauritania and Mali, following in the path of other countries, have made plastic bags illegal as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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