“Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced this month that he would push for a 6-cent fee on each plastic bag, both to raise as much as $16 million a year for the city in its economic slump and to steer New Yorkers toward greener practices — switching to bags they can use over and over.
Yet even those who agree with the idea say the weaning from such a symbol of waste could be particularly difficult, if not painful, in a city with New York’s quirks.
In interviews over the past week, many shoppers said the city’s largely carless, minimalist style did not easily lend itself to toting canvas or heavier plastic bags around like another accessory. Many also pointed out that the plastic bag is hardly a throwaway — indispensable, they said, for cleaning up after pets, camouflaging the smell of a dirty diaper, hiding an open can of beer or simply holding other trash.
Environmental groups like Natural Resources Defense Council support the idea of a surcharge, saying the goal is to make people switch to reusable bags and to conserve resources. “If you end up reusing a plastic bag 5 times or 10 times, that could replace 5 or 10 of the flimsy bags that are now used,” said Eric A. Goldstein, a senior lawyer with the council in New York. Whether durable plastic or cotton, the reusable bags are a greener alternative as long as they are, in fact, used and not forgotten in a closet, he said.”
Excerpts from a New York Times Article by MIREYA NAVARRO. Published: November 17, 2008
HERE IS AN INTERESTING FACT, “PLASTIC BAG ADDICTS” MIGHT WANNA TAKE TO HEART
By REDUCING plastic bag consumption by only 2 bags a week, you will throw a way at least 100 plastic bags a year…. do the math…, if we all would make the effort and give it a sincere shot, we could happily live with a much smaller amount of plastic bags.
… and for those who don’t want to tote around town with 4-5 canvas bags. There are actually some very creative “foldup” styles out there, you can easily hide in your purse:
NONWOVEN ZIPUP TOTE in 12 fun colors
NONWOVEN STORE AWAY TOTE bottom folds up