This is why we need to ban plastic bags as soon as possible and make it mandatory that people bring their own reusable bags to the store. San Francisco did it. A city in Maryland did it. The entire Whole Foods chain did it. The western Indian state of Maharashtra did it. In fact, Iceland did it. Enough is enough – everyone needs to do it.
Is this really what we want to leave as a legacy to our existence? I can think of plenty of things we could do better that would take both money and effort; stopping this would take neither.