The Argument: Should plastic bags be banned at our stores? – The Boston GlobePosted on September 13, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
As a nation, the US needs to do more, as we are one of the biggest contributors to ocean garbage patches. One study estimated that up to 28 billion pounds of plastic entered oceans in 2010, harming marine animals.
The biggest argument against banning plastic bags is convenience. I have been told that it’s too hard to use another option, such as reusable bags or paper. I have been told that the plastic bags are necessary for picking up dog waste and to act as liners for trash bins. But all of this is moot when you consider the viable alternative: Biodegradable plastic bags can do all of those things.
We don’t have a choice. These bags are used so proliferously nowadays that to continue on with out a change will lead to such a large problem and one almost impossible to clean up with existing budgets. A ban stops the problem immediately from getting any worse. This has to happen and soon.
Convenience is not an excuse. The word is really laziness. Once people are forced to bring their reusables, after a few months they will wonder what all the fuss was about and have something else to complain about.