What do you think? Are you in full support of banning plastic bags?
The Walmart near my work has been off-and-on no longer carrying plastic bags in their stores. They sell the blue fabric bags for 15 cents, or higher quality fabric for 50 cents. While I don’t necessarily mind throwing down 15-30 cents of my hard-earned cash, the fact that I am not warned about the ban somewhat irritates me. It’s not a ban in the city of Mountain View, CA mind you — it’s Walmart stores in general. Another stroke to save money, likely.
The bags however are nice, and carry more than the plastic ones do, seemingly. Plus you can re-use them to carry future groceries home, or for things such as clothes, small animals, or bombs. (kidding, by the way.. but they’re not see-through like plastic is!)
A few countries around the world—Bangladesh, China, India, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, South Africa and Taiwan, among others—have taken stands against plastic bags through taxing their usage or banning them outright. The environmental think tank Worldwatch Institute reports that China’s decision to ban free plastic bags in 2008 has cut demand by some 40 billion bags, reduced plastic bag usage there by 66%, and saved some 1.6 million tons of petroleum.
In March 2007, San Francisco became the first (and is still the only) major U.S. city to implement an across-the-board ban on plastic bags. Read more on the history and possible future plastic banning in California over here.