California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The opposition’s main concerns seem to revolve around upset over the 10 cent fee for paper/compostable bags that will also be enacted once the shift takes place, and that this will hurt plastic bag manufacturers and the jobs they provide. However, answers to both of those have already been provided. Firstly, bring a reusable bag. Simple. Not only does it help the environment, but now you can free up space underneath your sink where all those plastic bags you’ve been harboring have been sitting for years. For those who go on about how “difficult” it is to bring their own bags to the grocery store, mostly because they keep forgetting, well, I really have a difficult time empathizing with laziness. Secondly, plastic bag manufacturers are going to receive loans to convert their operations from plastic to paper/reusable. That means no closed factories, and no jobs lost!
I’m so incredibly stoked to see major shifts and movements toward helping our environment help us. California may be the first state to enact this statewide ban, but it certainly won’t be the last! Rock on!