Oh what a joyous day that would be! As I mentioned before, San Francisco is on track to be the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags, and Los Angeles might be next. Seeing as how the “regular” grocery stores around here think you are crazy when you bring your own bags, this could be a very hard thing to sell to the people in Los Angeles, but I think it would be great. We only use canvas bags for every trip to the grocery store, saving hundreds of paper and plastic bags from the recycle bin over the course of the year.
The Los Angeles Times says that the L.A. Board of Supervisors has commissioned a report on the idea and wants the information back within 90 days. A first, something in L.A. moving at warp speed! But when you look at these numbers:
San Francisco’s measure made it the first city in the country to ban plastic bags and it drew attention to the issue of plastic bag waste. Californians use an estimated 19 billion plastic bags a year; Los Angeles County residents probably go through about 6 billion bags a year, experts say.
Plastic bags, which virtually never fully decompose, clog landfills and are said to kill about 100,000 marine animals a year.
It’s hard not to wish that the entire country would ban these lethal clogging and killing machines. (Like that? I do. I might copyright it). Read the rest of the article at the Los Angeles Times, if you are so inclined.