August 27th, 2010
California often pushes the envelop on environmental causes, and could become the first U.S. state to ban those pesky plastic bags that
fly out from grocery stores by bajillions every minute of every day, only to end up in trees, waterways and clinging to other trash.
It might not seem like a big deal, but such a ban — the law under consideration would forbid the use of plastic bags and charge 5 cents for paper grocery bags, pushing consumers to employ reusable totes — would be a symbolic victory for people everywhere who are opposed to waste and needless disposable goods. It would relieve oceans, rivers, parks, streets and you name it of this persistent trash (and clear up a lot of cupboard space devoted to these ubiquitous little do-nothings). But most of all, it would send a signal. The hope on one side (and the fear on the other) is that other states will follow California, toppling the need for this petroleum-based product across America.