We here at Planet Protect Sportswear try to keep up on the plastic bag bans around the world, and today, unfortunately the lawyers for the Save The Plastic Bag Coalition, won a victory. Manhattan Beach, Ca was the second LA county to ban plastic bags back in July 2008 – today: “The City of Manhattan Beach must fully analyze the environmental impact of increased paper bag use before it can ban retailers from providing plastic bags to customers, a divided panel of this district’s Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. In a victory for the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a group of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, Div. Five held that the California Environmental Quality Act required an environmental impact report given evidence increased paper bag use might significantly affect the environment”
Believe it or not, we all had to use paper bags before the proliferation of non-recyclable plastic bags become the mainstay. When I was a kid, everywhere we went that is how we carried groceries. Today, of course, we use sustainable and re-useable bags in our home. I absolutely love them. They are made from down cycled plastic waste or we use canvas bags. We rarely end up with a plastic bag in our home.
The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition is pushing for environmental impact of paper. Let me repeat that – the environmental impact of paper on our oceans, water ways, air quality and living standards. It’s a desperate ploy, and the justices bought into it – sadly. As a diver, snorkeling enthusiast, budding surfer and ocean conservationist, I don’t find paper in our oceans, I find plastic debris – unending plastic crap in the reefs, beaches, and floating along. Our oceans are at the breaking point with plastic debris. There is millions of tons of plastic that is choking the life out of 100,000 marine animals each year, millions of birds, and endangered animals.
The court got it wrong, seriously wrong, and special interests from the heavily funded plastic companies won – this time.
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