single-use-bagsSingle use shopping bags, whether made of plastic or paper, are being targeted for extinction across California, a campaign that ratcheted up its local activism with a public symposium on the subject in Santa Rosa yesterday.

Carol-MisseldineCarol MisseldineThe underlying goal of the bag bills is to redirect consumer behavior toward much greater, regular use of reusable bags, whether made of plastic, cloth or canvas, says Green Cities California coordinator Carol Misseldine, even if that agenda is not overt.

San Francisco did not set out to enact a ban on plastic bags, explained Kevin Drew, the city's Zero Waste Coordinator. But the opposition they faced ultimately pushed them in that direction.

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You'll find a concise analysis of the various measures that have been enacted in California here, along with a brief history of the issue. The agenda of the Santa Rosa forum and suggestions for ways to wean your own use of single use shopping bags can both be found at the Reduce Single Use website.

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