How San Jose Created An Important Precedent By Banning Single Use Plastic Bags

Although plastic bags are highly convenient for shoppers and are considered a necessary retail service, there are a number of reasons why it is necessary to begin to think of alternatives like reusable shopping bags.

What many people do not realize is that shopping bags are a serious menace to the environment. There are 5 main reasons for why activists all over the world are clamoring for the end of plastic bags.

1. A plastic bag is used every minute on the planet. Over the course of a year, this adds to the global use of a trillion bags. Each bag will take a thousand years to degrade and remain toxic even after it has been degraded.

2. Plastic bags cost about 100 billion to make and dispose each year and they cost retailers in the US approximately $4 billion a year.

3. They are polluting the oceans and suffocating marine life. It is estimated that every square mile of ocean has 46,000 bags floating in it.

4. The rate of consumption appears to be increasing. In the US, for example, 3.5 million bags were disposed of in 2008. This is triple the number of bags disposed of in 1980.

5. Since plastic bags are made from oil, they consume thousands of barrels each day, and this oil could have been put to better use to fuel industrial growth and benefit the economy.

California has been particularly hard-hit by the overabundance of plastic bags. It is estimated that the state uses 19 billion bags a year, which calculates to the use of 600 bags a second. It costs taxpayers $25 million a year to dispose of them.

Although a Californian bill to ban single use of plastic bags has failed to pass, the city of San Jose, the tenth largest city in the United States, created a positive precedent when the city council successfully passed a ban on plastic bags. The bill was passed in a 10 to 1 vote. It will go into full effect on January 1, 2012.

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