Mar 27, 2007

SF Bans Petroleum Based Bags!

Yay! Go SF!
The board of supervisors voted 10 - 1 today to ban petroleum based shopping bags in grocery stores and large pharmacies.

I wish they'd hit the Chronicle and other stores too, but I'm thrilled. (We have a client at the dog daycare who brings us scores of unused Chronicle bags weekly. The delivery guy dumps the half used swaths in her trash can when he finishes his route each day.)

9 comments:

sustainableisgood said...

wow great news way to go SF!!! this is excellent hopefully others will follow!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Thanks for such a great blog. Before Colin Beavan's story in the NYT, I started researching an article on people who don't use toilet paper and the growing popularity of the bidet? Wondering if you might have a few minutes to talk about the environmental impact of toilet paper, and what you propose instead.
Thanks in advance, i can be reached at csv2113@columbia.edu or 203.913.3048
Best,
cassandra

Anonymous said...

YES! That's wonderful. I hope it spreads!

Congratulations,

Juli in New York

Anonymous said...

I don't think it goes far enough, though. This just means that paper bags will be used more, which isn't really a good thing either. I live in Australia, where lots of communities are plastic bag free. (Paper bags haven't been used in yonkers.) We have these fantastic green bags which hold 3 or 5 bags' worth of groceries, strong as anything, and really cheap. I'd offer to send you some but I'm doing the Compact over here now and I need all mine! Anyway, without wanting to advertise any one company, there's a whole heap of links to bag alternatives here: http://www.noplasticbags.org.au/alternatives/supplierDirectory.aspx#green

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is indeed wonderful. I am just a little irritated that there is mostly talk about using biodegradable bags, and that barely any of the newspaper articles is focusing on reusable bags, like cloth bags that could be a great advertising medium for supermarket chains as well.

We will see how the practice will be. Yesterday, the lady at Walgreens tried to bag my chewing gum ...

Alexandra

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Anonymous said...

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/04/02/manitoba-bags.html
Some people in Canada support this great initiative too.

Anonymous said...

People need to get about 6-8 canvas tote bags, and a lot of the times these things will come free as some sort of ad, or they are about $3-4 a piece. It's not that hard to bring them with you and ask the bagger at the grocery to fill those instead. Don't use paper or plastic, use canvas.

Anonymous said...

Hey next time you go into a supermarket look over the entire store and then realize that at some point every single bit of what's in that store will be in a landfill.

Then go into a Wal Mart and do the same thing. Just imagine everything in that store in a pile covered with dirt, rotting for thousands of years.

Inevitably everything we produce will become part of the landscape in one way or another.