Can I make an observation? The reason we have plastic bags in the first place is because of liberal enviro-extremism. Years ago, grocery stores and other retailers used paper bags.
But, liberal enviro-extremists wanted to save trees and save the rainforests, so retailers were pressured to switch to plastic to save trees.
The same liberal enviro-extremists who are now so alarmed at plastic bags are the ones who foisted plastic bags on us in the first place!!
So now, are we allowed to ask why these enviro-nazis made such an error years ago in pressuring for the use of plastic instead of paper?
Were they wrong then or are they wrong now? Why do we have to listen to the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement in making laws anyway???
those plastic bags used today are so thin and cheap....there can't be much waste there...
notice that the govt elite don't go after the real culprits of waste....like the guys that package cd's...or the way anything from china is packed....all plastic crap you have to cut a knife thru to open, plus all that styrofoam...
maybe if we stopped buying so much crap from far away, and bought stuff made here, we wouldn't need the excess packaging..
People like you with long memories are not useful in progressive America. Progressives always speak the truth, not matter how many times it changes.
Dang, I just made the same comment...I need to read beyond the first post before I make mine! lol
You’ll notice that the meat section and produce section of the stores still offer (flimsy, on a roll) plastic bags.
While it is true that groceries/retailers used paper, that is because it was the only option available. I was getting my PhD in chemistry just as the "environmental movement" was starting out, and I cannot recall any such "eco-push" to replace paper with plastic at that time or later. As I was working in an industry that produced the feedstock for plastic bags (and much else), I'm sure I would have noted such.
Plastic replaced paper because it was simply superior in performance (as it remains). And it was (and remains) more ecologically acceptable than paper because it takes less energy to produce, requires less material to properly function, and puts less waste in landfills.
Way back in those days, there was a journal startup called "Garbage", whose purpose was to literally examine the science of garbage...what comprised it, the impact of those inputs on the environment, how to dispose of them safely, etc. Articles therein examined the eco-impact of "paper vs plastic" and plastic came off the winner by far. Unfortunately for "Garbage", the science they found didn't match the eco-propaganda memes, and the journal folded.
Global cooling in the 70’s , then Global Warming and now Climate Change to hedge their bets to steal tax dollars and social engineer society.