Should we ban all things plastic?
Have you heard about the Los Angeles City Council's decision to ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores? Here is a blurb about it from CBS:
"The program would be modeled after bag bans in 48 other California cities that aim to prod consumers into using reusable bags in order to prevent plastic litter that clogs waterways, swells landfills and clutters streets.
After the ordinance is adopted, the city will require large stores to phase out plastic bags over six months, then provide free paper bags for another six months. Small retailers would have a year to phase out plastic.
After a year, retailers would be allowed to charge 10 cents for paper bags. Residents receiving government assistance would be exempt from the bag fee."
Having grown up close to the Atlantic shoreline I am sympathetic to the likes of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus who says that a large percentage of ocean pollution is plastic. Yet I wonder if there is a way to deal with pollution without getting rid of all things plastic. What do you think?