While the bill has not passed, the last step required is Jerry Brown’s signature and he has already stated that he is most likely going to sign it by the end of September.
It wasn’t too long ago that people were encouraged to switch to plastic bags from paper bags, citing plastic bags were much more environmental. Now, it seems like paper bags are better for the environment.
I, for one, hate this new law. Grocery markets no longer give out plastic bags, and multiple times I forget to bring my reusable bags. But the main problem I have with this law is that the reasoning behind this law is that it would reduce single-use waste of plastic bags. But is this really true? Multiple people use grocery bags as trash bags, and this system has been working well for most households. But with the banning of plastic grocery bags, people have had to resort to other means. Other grocery products are swamped in plastic containers, so will enacting this law really dent our plastic usage?
When my boyfriend and I went to Costco the other day, we found out that Costco had released a new product – a 1000 plastic bags for the cost of $18, used solely for trash bags. To me, this seems like we have just resorted to single-use bagging, which is a fate we had wanted to avoid. And a thousand bags! Most household families probably won’t even finish that number; they might even end up throwing away the excess. (After all, hasn’t this happened to us before? Throwing away the excess from Costco products, but still buying them because Costco still has the best pricing haha.)
Please let me know your thoughts! Is this law necessary?
Also relevant, studies have started to pop up about how reusable bags may be linked to causing more disease. It is even recommended that we wash this reusable bags in order to prevent diseases. To me, this seems counterproductive. Not only that, but people seem to forget reusable bags often, rendering them mostly useless. Multiple times, I find myself at the grocery store without one because I always seem to forget to plan my trips. Another concern remains that most reusable bags are imported – so if we make this a big thing, we may just be sending valuable money to the outside.