Plastic bags aren't the problem

Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 - 7:05 am

Re "Ban single-use plastic bags; they need to go" (Forum, May 18): The article by Mariel Garza on why single-use plastic bags must go was written in an ocean of emotion. It didn't spell out all the problems with paper bags and how much they pollute the water and have a big carbon footprint.

Friends of the California Current have conducted 70 surveys over the last four years in cities where the ban was passed, and the percentage of re-usable bags varies from a low of 10 percent to a high of 50 percent. In other words, the ban on plastic bags won't cause most people to bring usable bags to the store.

Why pass a ban if the only consequence is a huge increase in paper bag use?

-- Edward Noel Price, Aptos

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