Eco-Coach

Green your life at home, work & play

No more plastic bags in San Fran? March 8, 2007

Filed under: General,Green home — EcoCoach @ 10:28 pm

There has been some talk recently in San Francisco about banning plastic grocery bags in grocery stores that do more than $2million in business, and to issue a hefty fine on violators. Great start, San Fran! Hope this gets passed and spreads to other parts of the country.

This, of course, is the perfect time to get on my soap box about plastic bags (if you’ve read some of my previous blogs, you might have gotten a taste of that already).The US produces about 10 pounds of plastic bags per year for every person on earth (not just in the US!). Not to mention that plastic bags are one of the items most often found in coastal cleanups and that they kill marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles that become entangled in them or mistake them for food. So choose a hemp, canvas or jute bag instead, or use a backpack or other method to carry items out of the store. If you do choose to get a plastic bag, make sure you recycle it!

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