Would you like paper or paper?

It seems the fool-hardy officials on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors want to ban plastic bags from grocery stores.  It’s true. I heard it on NPR this morning.  It’s also on Fast Company’s blog.

I think that this might a bit of environmentalism gone awry.  Most major grocers and retail outlets have significant recycling programs, and offer paper to their more environmentally-conscious customers.  It seems a few local officials feel their citizens just aren’t conscious enough.

I know this is not a new idea.  Some villages in Alaska already have the ban.  So do South Africa, Bangladesh, and Taiwan.  Paris will ban them this year.  Ireland charges a 19 cents per bag tax.  San Francisco tried to pass a bag tax, but the grocers fought back.  And they are fighting again.

Last week, a committee of the Board of Supervisors put the ban on hold.  They want to craft language to ban plastic bags from MORE stores.

What happens in San Francisco needs to stay in San Francisco.

About Jim Johnson

Editor and publisher of The State of Sunshine.
This entry was posted in Misc. Issues. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Would you like paper or paper?

  1. David Smith says:

    Frankly, I’m real appalled at all the plastic I have to throw away from grocery stores. Perfectly good plastic containers, which could be reused 20-50 times get tossed after only one use. All that petroleum just being dribbled away.

    The fact of the matter is that people in that Bay area are just much more evolved than those of us in this Bay area.

  2. Lee Nelson says:

    That’s not a bad idea at all.

Comments are closed.