Environmental activists have a new statistic to add to their arsenal in the fight against those pesky plastic grocery bags. They have proof that taxing the plastic bags at the store dramatically reduces the number of bags used and has far-reaching support from consumers once implemented. In fact, in Wales, the number of bags handed out has dropped 96%. Even better, the percentage of voters who support the taxis up to 70%.
Now, feel free to call me out of the loop (I often am), but I wasn’t even aware that states within the US were moving to discourage the use of plastic bags. It’s definitely not happening here in the Midwest. Imagine my surprise when my local Target took $0.05 off my bill for bringing my own bag. It must be a new policy or my store just started implementing it because we’ve used cloth bags for a while now. When I mentioned that interesting little occurrence here at Blisstree, I was surprised to find out that some of us have been without plastic bags for a while now. Some states and cities are simply convincing stores to do away with the less-than-eco-friendly grocery store standbys. More health-conscious grocers are taking them out voluntarily, while some cities are banning them all-together.
Basically, people are starting to take this plastic bag issue seriously!
There was a small part of me who thought about the complete removal of plastic or paper bags from my grocery store and got very nervous. I keep my cloth sacks in my car, but what if I use my husband’s car? What if I’m running to the store with my mother? What if I run out of cloth bags and I’m trying to hold my daughter’s hand as we walk into the parking lot? I need some type of back-up bag available.
Hanna said it best when she told me that for her, “it’s really a matter of habit-forming.” Once you get used to lack of plastic bags, you prepare for it. And you don’t even think about the time when you had 50 plastic sacks with one item each in the trunk of your car.
So now that this whole debate is here, and now that we’re really looking at ways to cut down on the plastic bag usage, I’m really interested in hearing your opinions and suggestions on how communities should make the switch. Should we follow Wales’ very successful example and tax consumers? Should we go with less effective rewards? Leave the whole matter alone?
Take out poll and then explain your position for me in the comments. We all know that plastic bags are an environmental concern, now we just need to figure out what to do about it.
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