The charging for bags thing used to bother me until I realized what it actually was - a tax on the poor enacted by liberals. To me, a nickel a bag is as meaningless as the nickel deposit for bottles and cans - I make an effort to bring them back but no big deal if I can't. To someone who has to go without bread every week they need to buy a new pack of lightbulbs or whathaveyou, that nickel does have meaning. Those reusable cloth bags also have to be washed in order to keep bacteria and mold out of them (think of the stuff on the bottom of milk and other dairy containers, or the juices that leak out of meat packaging, or fruit/veggie bits that fall off). To me who has a washing machine in the other room, that's not a big deal. The person who has to lug their laundry out to a laundromat and pay every time, is not going to waste space in the machine on them. This makes the less fortunate less healthy. But the important thing is less plastic in landfills! Screw the poor!