I have a guilty confession: I often forget to bring my reusable bags to the grocery store. I know, it’s bad. I always feel guilty when I have all of my items lined up at checkout and the first item lands in a plastic bag.
It seems as though I may soon have more incentive to remember my bags, however, because there have been moves to ban plastic bags from supermarkets and other stores. According to an article in The New York Times, plastic bags have been banned in almost a hundred towns and cities across the state of California. The city of Los Angeles is one of them, and is setting a precedent for other large cities in the United States who may soon consider the ban. Many other cities across the globe have also passed a ban. To deal with people such as myself who have a cart-full of groceries but have forgotten their canvas bags, grocery stores in plastic bag-banned towns offer paper bags for purchase at ten cents each.
Some customers are furious about the ban, arguing that it places an additional burden on them, since they now have to shell out for their own bags. Others say that the ban is a great idea since they, like me, now have a financial incentive to remember those bags stuffed in their trunk or closet. I side with the latter. I think that plastic grocery bags are terrible for the environment, since many are not recycled. Any incentive for me to remember my bags is a welcome one.
Here’s hoping this article will pop up in my mind the next time I’m loading all of the nuggets into the shopping cart, and I remember to load my reusable bags as well.
Here is the link to The New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/us/plastic-bags-come-under-siege-in-california.html?ref=science&_r=0
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