Now, San Jose is putting their foot down with a complete ban on plastic bags from the grocery stores. Stores would pay a fine if they continue plastic bag use. The ordinance, which passed on Tuesday, will also sport a fee for paper bag use.
I get where this is coming from. We have a few of those reusable bags. Maybe, if forced, we'll even remember to bring them when we go shopping. And, yes, we like to consider ourselves on board with acts of environmental friendliness (as long as they don't interfere too much with modern daily life). But the truth is...
We'll miss our plastic grocery bags!
Buh-bye free garbage pail liner.
So long handy, always-one-in-the-car-when-you-need-it, poop bag.
Au revoir muck boot container.
Farewell makeshift gym bag.
Will we survive? Undoubtedly. But beginning Jan. 1, 2011, we'll have to learn to cope.