Plastic or paper? No thanks
Plastic checkout bags are now banned in some of the nation’s largest cities. In June 2013, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to ban plastic grocery bags at checkout stands. This ban will move nearly one quarter of California’s population towards using reusable cloth bags at grocery stores and supermarkets. Although previous proposals were defeated, there are hopes that the activity in Los Angeles will spur the legislature in Sacramento to create a statewide policy.
At your local grocery store you can find reusable grocery bags for 10 cents, which is the same price it will cost you for each paper or plastic bag you take home with you. For any customer, it makes a lot of sense to invest in reusable bags.
Tips on being “zero waste,” courtesy of SF Environment
- Avoid taking unnecessary giveaways
- Reduce impulse buying
- Borrow or rent items rather than purchasing the items
- Utilize your local library
- Save and reuse glass food jars
- Use reusable bags
- Give services and activities as gifts, rather than material items