Business: Throw It Away

Alarmed by the suffocation of 55 children this year by plastic bags, the plastics industry last week launched a million dollar common-sense campaign to preserve safety, along with its 3 billion-bag-a-year business (estimated $30 million in sales). In full-page advertisements in 117 major newspapers across the nation, the industry warned: "Never keep a plastic bag after it has served its intended usefulness. Destroy it: tear it up and throw it away."

Since some 70% of the country's 55,000 dry cleaners have switched to plastic bags, the industry is geared to turn out the thin, transparent film coverings, and does not want to...

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