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Grocery stores first started using plastic bags to bag shopper's groceries over twenty years ago. When a shopper checked out, the cashier offered a choice of paper or plastic bag. Environmentally conscious shoppers almost always chose the paper bag (or brought their own) because of the increased environmental impact of the plastic bag. Manufacturers started making bags from recycled plastic, but the bags still pose an unresolved disposal problem because they take a thousand years to decompose. Recycling of the bags themselves is rare and unavailable in most places. Environmentally conscious consumers, however, now rarely request paper bags, although the environmental costs of plastic bags have not been resolved.

Which of the following, if true, would best explain the behavior of environmentally conscious consumers as described above?

A. Consumers are reusing the bags many times themselves, thereby recycling them within the household before final disposal.
B. When taxed for the use of plastic bags, consumers in Cork County, Ireland, reduced their use of plastic bags by ninety per cent.
C. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags floating on the sea for jellyfish and eat the bags, which often kills the turtles.
D. A survey of the members of the nation's largest environmental organization showed that most of the members think that using paper bags has less environmental impact than using plastic bags.
E. The cost of plastic bags is one-fourth the cost of paper bags.

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Can someone please explain why E is wrong?
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Can someone please explain why E is wrong?

If you read the last sentence, you can see that author is talking about environmental costs not the cost of plastic bag itself. So E won't be correct choice. That's what I think. I can be wrong

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I choose E over A.
A --> Customers recycle themselves. Not mentioned in the passage. Not a valid reason why an environmentally cautious customers used to opt for Paper Bag 25 yrs ago but opposite now? Something else has changed -Price
E --> Yes, Plastic Bags are much cheaper to than paper bag. May be in early days, the prices of plastic bags used to be higher than paper bag
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mikemcgarry can you please assist on this
The argument is clearly saying that environmental conscious people stopped buying the plastic bag in spite of the problem still persisting and we have to give a reason why is there such a scenario . I think E explains well that if plastic bags are cost effective and the paper bags are expensive then consumers would not buy the paper bags
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