So seriously, I just read a commentary by Dick Spotswood where he accuses "eco-fundamentalists" of going too far in trying to impose a bag ban in Marin, California. He dances around some Global Warming crap and in doing so he totally misses the point. Forget Global Warming. A state like Florida uses 5 billion disposable paper and plastic bags each year. The plastic bags are made from petroleum and break down into tiny pieces and harm our sea and wildlife. The bags create a huge amount of waste.
Now I am not sure that we need to regulate or ban the use of paper pr plastic bags, but we certainly need to take action now in some way to get people to realize how toxic plastic bags are to our environment. Be the "eco-fundamentalist" and just tell your friends to say no to both plastic and paper and urge them to get their own reusable, environmentally friendly bags for the grocery store, take out and other places that hand out those horrid plastic bags.
Then make sure you pick up some type of eco-friendly, reusable bags for yourself (buy as many as you would normally use in a grocery trip) and make sure you keep them clean. A recent study found that 64% of the reusable bags tested were contaminated with some level of bacteria and close to 30% had elevated bacterial counts higher than what's considered safe for drinking water.
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