When environmentalists first began to attack plastic grocery bags, they offered paper bags as the green alternative. When researchers pointed out, leaving aside consumer’s desire for plastic bags over other choices, that paper bags were as or more harmful to the environment as plastic bags, environmentalists were temporarily stymied in their assault.
Then they turned to pushing reusable bags made from either paper or cloth. I have written concerning the weaknsses of the arguments against plastic bags and for reusable bags as an alternative. I noted some of the environmental, economic and health costs of reusable bags.
Now, the unsettling, human health threats posed by reusable bags are getting even more notice. It seems they are the bearers of the stomach flu.