Reporter Chris Lawrence really nailed it in Tuesday's show: "Biodegradable, compostable bag" really doesn't have the same ring as "plastic" when you're at the store. As a former grocery store bagger (it was my very first job), I have to say that plastic bags are easier to pack and carry than paper. On the other hand, I can't count the number of plastic bags I've seen on the side of the road.
It's not known exactly how long it takes for these things to decompose - estimates I found ranged from a hundred years to thousands. One thing that seems certain: The plastic bags we use now are likely to be around a lot longer than we are. But the biodegradable bags mentioned in today's show cost more, and that could spell out higher grocery prices if they appear at a store near you. So the question is this: Would you be willing to pay more for the biodegradable stuff? And if so, how much more would you be willing to pay?