Although I am fully aware of the environmental benefits of the plastic bag ban that has been sweeping the nation, I’m not entirely sure of my feelings toward it.
First, it seems to me that the first cities its hitting are cities that hold recycling and environmental friendliness in high regard. Is it really necessary to force these avid recyclers to pay for paper and reusable bags? Is being environmentally conscious not enough anymore?
It takes 91 percent less energy to recycle one pound of plastic than it does to recycle one pound of paper. Why is this not taken into account? Plastic bags are far more durable than paper bags, and they are also reusable and versatile. Due to the plastic bag ban, I no longer am able to save all of the plastic bags I would get from the grocery store to line garbage bags, to take camping, to pick up after my dog; the list goes on and on. I believe I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Overall, it seems that there are just far too many pros and cons to this topic. I am in no way trying to demote environmental protection and awareness, however I feel that banning plastic bags — a free and useful part of peoples’ lives — and then being forced to pay 5 cents for a paper bag that doesn’t offer the same multipurpose benefits isn’t the best solution.