MORE LEFTIST PROHIBITIONS: Los Angeles County bans plastic bags
Posted by FactReal on November 17, 2010
|CALIFORNIA COMBATING THE ENEMY…THE PLASTIC BAG
At a time of economic uncertainty and high budget deficits, Los Angeles leftists have decided to impose new prohibition on its citizens and businesses. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on November 16, 2010 to prohibit supermarkets and pharmacies in unincorporated county areas from giving out plastic shopping bags to customers. The ordinance will also require stores to charge 10 cents per paper bag.
The excuse for this prohibition: To “encourage” shoppers to use reusable shopping bags to “save” the planet. But this demonization of the plastic bag is based on flawed science.
|OPPONENTS OF THE BAN:
County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the only one who voted against the ban, said mom-and-pop stores will be negatively impacted because they would not be able to buy large volume of paper and reusable bags. Antonovich also indicated that poor people will incur additional costs because they will have to buy bags for their lunch, for trash, etc.
“At a time of economic uncertainty, with a large number of businesses leaving our state and community, this would not be an appropriate time…to impose this additional regulation,” Antonovich said.
Velma W. Union, pastor at The Lord’s Church in southwest Los Angeles, said the supervisors seemed more concerned about saving the environment than people. “Opponents who spoke at the meeting urged supervisors to vote against the ban, saying it would cause residents to lose much-needed jobs and that the fees for reusable and paper bags would be an unfair burden on residents in poorer neighborhoods.”
|SUPPORTERS OF THE BAN:
Andy Keller (a.k.a. Bag Monster), president of ChicoBag, joined environmental groups to push for government bag bans.
But Keller doesn’t do it for altruistic reasons. According to Bloomberg, Keller stands to make huge profit by selling his reusable bags: “Despite lacking experience in manufacturing or distributing consumer products, Keller, a former software sales rep, launched a business to follow his hunch…By April 2005, he had patented the bag’s design, hired a Chinese manufacturer, and persuaded local retailers to carry his product. As sales picked up, he borrowed about $100,000 from his family, mostly to increase production.
His bet paid off. Last year, 30-person ChicoBag, in Chico, Calif., brought in $5.3 million in revenue, Keller says, and sales are up 14 percent year-over-year. As communities around the country consider banning single-use bags, he hopes that growth rate will hold steady in 2011. Today, some 3,500 retailers, including Whole Foods and outdoor gear retailer REI, carry ChicoBag products.”
|FACTS: FLAWED SCIENCE BEHIND DEMONIZATION OF THE PLASTIC BAG
The Times of London unmasked the flaws behind the plastic bag bans: