"Two separate studies have found elevated lead levels in reusable bags sold at major grocery and drugstore chains, further muddying the debate over the environmental, economic and public health impacts of the totes used by millions."
I would be interested in hearing some comments from those people (Kishimoto, Drekmeier, Klein et al) that have pushed phasing out plastic and paper bags usage.
Is this another example of our "leaders" filtering everything through their narrow "green" funnels? Another example is the push for "zero waste" without thinking about the cost of having less garbage:
"The council adopted the rate increase as part of a package of proposals designed to close a $6.2 million deficit in the refuse fund. The deficit was caused in large part by the city's successful "Zero Waste" campaign, which has resulted in 74 percent of the city's waste being diverted from landfills. "