Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Encinitas Plastic Bag Ban
Towns all across America are discussing banning plastic grocery bags from their communities. link
The people who banned smoking on Encinitas beaches and streets and banned selling novelty lighters now want to ban those worthless plastic bags they give you at the grocery store.
You know the ones, the thin crappy plastic bags that always get a big tear in the corner, the bags with the handles that break if you put anything heavier than a box of cereal in one, the bags so flimsy that they have to give you two of them?!? Yeah those bags are getting banned.
As cheap as they are, those crappy plastic grocery bags are expensive, around 5 cents each, with the cost sure to rise as oil crawls it's way to $200 a barrel.
Pretty much everyone has the groovy reusable grocery bags by now (I like the ones from Trader Joe's the best). Go ahead and use the Trader Joe's bags at Vons and Henry's, it's okay.
Funny thing about the whole bring your own bags movement, years ago I tried to take my groceries home in my beach backpack. It was only a few things and I had room. But the beady eyed bag boy absolutely insisted that he put my items in a plastic bag. He would not take no for an answer.
The reusable bags are called totes. Soon people will hiss and spit at you if you go to the grocery store without your tote. Most stores will give you 5 cents off your bill per tote. Last Sunday at Henry's on Encinitas Blvd I saved 20 cents off my $150 grocery bill by using my Trader Joe's bags...err, totes.
Burning Question: Does Encinitas really need to ban plastic bags when the free market and consumer culture is eliminating plastic bags on it's own? And, why hasn't Encinitas banned styrofoam cups and plates from eateries yet? Most cities did that over a decade ago.
News8.com with video.
NCT.com ENCINITAS: Plastic bag petition drive
SignOnSanDiego.com Surfrider group wants city to ban plastic bags
Coast News: Organization petitions Encinitas to cut down on plastic bags
25 Reasons to re-use grocery bags
This homeless guy on K Street has way too many plastic bags which are harmful to the environment.
*Be sure to vote in the plastic bag ban poll located on the righthand side of this here blog.