I guess things are going well in the great state of CA these days. After all, their state Legislature has the time to debate/discuss/legislate the ever contentious issue of single use plastic bags.
It's looking more likely that CA is going to become the first state in the nation to ban plastic grocery bags. While I don't necessary have a personal problem with this..I am always a little wary when government starts wanting to micromanage consumers and business to this level. Sure, these plastic bags can be a nuisance..and if truth be told..they get a little flimsier with each passing year. Still..although I am a fan of the reusable bags ( mainly because you can actually fit more than a couple of items without danger of the bag breaking)..it's always been nice to have a few of these plastic bags around the house for things like cleaning out a fridge..or scooping out the cat box. I'd survive quite nicely without them though.
The plastic bag lobby ( I never knew there was even such a thing!) would have you believe this is just another way for corporations to bilk more money from their customers. Perhaps that is true since this impending law goes so far as to set a minimum $$ amount ( 10 cents) that retailers must charge customers for a paper or other recyclable bag. I am not sure why the legislature feels the need to set a minimum cost. I would think they'd be more concerned with a maximum cost. Also, this law only seems to affect business that serve food and eventually pharmacies. There is no mention of department store retailers or clothing retailers. Why is that?
It all seems very subjective and unnecessary..but then again what do I know. Anyone remember when you have to put a quarter deposit in a slot to get a grocery cart..and you only got it back when you returned it? I grew up in a world where these single use plastic bags did not exist...and somehow we got by. Of course it's a much more consumer driven world out there now.
All I know is it makes me appreciate Costco a little more. I can walk out of their with $200 worth of merchandise and not a single bag..and still make it work.
"It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)