They’re green in principle, but not in the way people use them. An Object Lesson. For at least a few decades, Americans have been drilled in the superiority of tote bags. Reusable bags are good, we’re told, because they’re friendly for the environment.
from Pocket http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/09/to-tote-or-note-to-tote/498557/