I was very happy to learn that Bellingham has a no plastic bags given at stores policy. While shopping there a bit over the weekend no one asked me if I wanted a bag. They had paper ones available but it was a clear message – remember your own bags!
For a while a BC grocery chain, Thrifty Foods, didn’t even give paper bags as an option. It was definitely a bring your own bag place. But people fought back and Thriftys gave in. Paper bags are back.
The true, best answer would be none. But in a non-perfect world I would settle for paper. Reuse it until it needs to be recycled. And feel good that you didn’t give into disposable plastic. The average plastic bag is only used for less than 30 minutes.
We’re hoping that this holiday season will be the last time Angelenos will see plastic bags as they do their gift shopping … We want shoppers to get in the habit of using the reusable bags stashed in their closets and car trunks all year round. Bringing your own reusable bag is one of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on your own neighborhood and improve the health of our oceans.
SOURCE: Brentwood Patch
This year, we will try our best to stop the use of plastic bags. We will also urge visitors not to carry plastic bags with them
SOURCE: Calcutta Telegraph