I think if grocery stores discontinued use of plastic bags, not only would it dramatically reduce plastic use in the US, also it would be a leading example of the changes we can make to positively change our Earth. Promoting the use of reusable bags (even more awesome: ones that have been made with recycled materials) it could very possibly lead to others taking additional eco-friendly actions to benefit their environment.
Many countries in Europe put use to this idea ages ago. While this has certainly helped the environment, it isn’t going to change it without the help of the rest of the world. The damage we have already done to our planet is irreversible. The only thing we can do now is save it from any future damage.
— a thesis for a paper I don’t need to write