|Will Ca impose nation’s first state wide ban on bags?|
The CA state Assembly has approved legislation that would impose the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
“We live in a throwaway society. We live a lifestyle that is ultimately nonsustainable,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward. “What this bill does is to make an effort to do one little thing – get people to use reusable bags.”
The plastic bags will still be available but at an added cost of 10 cents each. Starting this Friday, September 1 Sonoma County’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect requiring all shoppers to BYOB- Bring their own bags.
The new statewide version won support from grocers by allowing them to charge 10 cents for paper and reusable bags, and from some manufacturers by including $2 million in loans to help shift production to reusable bags.
Non-supports sees this as a burden on Ca’s shoppers. “We’re adding significantly to their costs,” said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills. “This is a tax on our consumers.”
The American Forest & Paper Association, representing paper bag makers, says SB270 unfairly treats their commonly recycled products like plastic, while holding reusable plastic bags to a lower standard for recyclable content.
The American Progressive Bag Alliance, a coalition of plastic bag manufacturers, released a statement calling on the Senate to reject a bill that “threatens 2,000 California manufacturing jobs, hurts consumers and puts billions of dollars into the pockets of grocers — without providing any benefit to the environment.”
An influential grocer’s union, which had withdrawn its support earlier, now backs the bill.
Not only do cities, counties, and now possibly the entire state of California ban the use of plastic bags many other countries have invoked the same ban. In an earlier blog post I noted Chile, recently started their phase out process just as Mendocino County widened their ban. Gualala, 5 miles north of The Sea Ranch is in Mendocino County. January 7, 2014 the City of Ukiah adopted the ordinance to promote the use of reusable shopping bags.
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What does the plastic bag ban mean to you, our Abalone Bay guests?
If you forgot to pack your shopping bags for your stay at Abalone Bay, no worries! We have your shopping needs covered. We provide cloth shopping bags for your convenience. The most difficult aspect of shopping with a cloth bag is to remember to bring them along with you whenever you go shopping.
We recommend to keep a collection of bags in your car to have on hand when you should need to run into the store for those impulse or emergency shopping errands.
BUT please don’t forget to take them out and leave them available for our next guest…or me!
What more can you do?
Here are ten easy things you may do to reduce your “plastic footprint” listed by Surfrider Foundation:
Ten More Ways to Rise Above Plastics:
√ Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
√ Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
√ Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them. A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
√ Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
√ Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
√ Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
√ Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.
√ Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills
√ Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!