This infuriates me. I was so very excited about the prospect of California banning single use plastic bags.
If you can't watch the video, read below for the commentary copied and pasted from NBC Bay Area.And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial...
California politicians have again failed to lead. We could have been the first in the nation to have a full ban on single use plastic bags, but no, special interests killed the bill.
A statewide ban on plastic bags would have been a bold step in reducing pollution. Grocers and retailers were finally in support. But plastic bag lobbyists, based in Virginia, had more influence on our state Senate than California environmentalists.
Want to save money? Stop spending $25 million a year to collect and bury the $19 billion plastic bags that aren't recycled.
San Francisco and Palo Alto already banned the plastic tumbleweed. Now, all local governments should agree on a uniform ban. Since our state politicians have dropped the ball, it's up to us... protect the planet!
This video is in response to the above editorial...
The response brings up the problem with using paper bags instead of plastic. I would hope that you are taking your own bags to the store when you go, and I don't mean just the grocery store. You can take them to Target, Walgreens, Macy's and more! However, if you forget them you have a choice between plastic and paper. They are both bad for the environment but if you can't manage to carry your items out in your purse or just in your hands the lesser of the two evils would be paper if you ask me. A paper bag can be used for other things and then it can be composted which happens much faster than a plastic bag taking thousands of years to decompose.