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The Rock Doc: Plastic bags could become biofuel source

My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits under the kitchen sink and the wastebasket that’s in the bathroom. I also have the joy of using them to pick up poop deposited by Buster Brown, my faithful mutt from the pound. But if you don’t have uses for the plastic shopping bags you bring home, what do you do with them? Researchers hope that one day – perhaps sooner rather than later – your bags may be turned into alternative fuels such as diesel. That’s right, plastic shopping bags could help power diesel-engine cars and pickup trucks.

Tests show most reusable shopping bags safe

Tests done on reusable shopping bags in Washington showed that most are within state limits for heavy metals. Thirty-one reusable bags from name brand retailers were tested in the state and in Iowa. In Washington, the liner in a Sears bag and a wine carrier for Western Washington grocer Top Foods exceeded lead limits of 100 parts per million. In Iowa, the insert in one reusable bag also failed to meet the threshold for heavy metals.

Shoppers shrug off fears about toxic reusable bags

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — So you care about the environment, and you take a reusable shopping bag with you to the grocery store to avoid polluting the planet with countless plastic sacks. Now you find out your bag is made with potentially harmful lead. What’s an environmentalist to do? If you’re like Elnora Cooper, nothing.