Agenda 21 proponents recently breathed a collective sigh of relief, when California became the first state to ban plastic bags from its grocery stores for the purpose of protecting the environment from pollution in its streets and waterways.
On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, signed the nation’s first ban on the use of plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores.
Beginning in July 2015, plastic bags will no longer be allowed at large grocery stores and supermarkets, followed by convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016, all for the cause of preventing pollution.
Plastic bags for fruits, vegetables, meats or for shopping bags at other retailers will not be effected.
Already, you can see the contradiction in the reasoning of environmentalists when not all plastic bags are being banned.
For those not green enough to bring their own canvas or recyclable bag for their groceries, a cost of up to 10 cents per paper bag will be charged.
Just like any ‘good’ sweeping environmental legislation, the move to ban plastic bags started slow and then gained momentum.
If you think the ban will only impact California, think again. California won’t be the last state to enact such a law.
Hawaii is the next state to potentially pass legislation to ban all plastic bags. There is also pending legislation in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Environmentalists who have also targeted Chicago, Austin and Seattle would like nothing more than to see a plastic bag ban in all 50 states.
The truth is that banning plastic bags will do little to accomplish what environmentalists claim are the reasons for the ban.
According to the American Plastic Bag Alliance (APBA), there are many myths but little truths about the overall impact that a statewide plastic bag ban will have toward helping the environment.
First, many assert that it takes up to 1,000 years to degrade plastic bags in landfills over the biodegradable paper bag.
APBA claims that, essentially nothing today degrades in modern landfills.