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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Debi34 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 6:09 PM
Another unintended consequence? The increase in water usage to wash the reusable bags. California as major water issues, thanks to the environmentalists and that stupid little fish, the Delta Smelt. We are told not to wash our cars, to do away with lawns and use low water use landscaping, and to turn off the water when we lather up or brush our teeth. Yet, there seems to be plenty of water for washing those reuseable bags!! Hmmmm, I remember talking with a leftist coworker when my daughter was born. She was appalled I had decided to use disposable diapers instead of cloth. I smiled sweetly and told her I was too concerned about the environment to waste water washing diapers when I could save water and use disposable!
weedwam Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 6:23 PM
Exactly Deb, I'm in CA too.

Besides, some years ago, the plastic bags had to be chemically altered to disintegrate in short order, Just leave one out in the elements a couple of months, and it turns to little flakes.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...