Reusable grocery bags

The Human Cost of Plastic Bag Bans… (Updated – new link added)

by Steve MacDonald August 18, 2012

What are the unidentified costs of banning disposable shopping bags?  I’ve been speculating for months. In this video PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues that the presence of harmful bacteria (in reusable grocery bags whose use is mandated after plastic bag bans are put in place) creates a health cost that has not been […]

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A Spec of Common Sense in McAllen Texas

by Steve MacDonald July 24, 2012

McAllen Texas rests in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, right along the border with Mexico.  And for now, at least, McAllen is not hopping on the plastic bag ban train to nowhere. If you have not been following my recent (bizarre and persistent) interest in this annoy environmental stupidity, towns and cities all […]

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Happy “Dependence Day” Seattle – Your City Just Banned Plastic Bags

by Steve MacDonald July 4, 2012

Nothing says freedom like telling your citizens or local businesses what to do.  But Seattle is not exactly a bastion of Freedom and liberty.  And today is no different. The Seattle City Council has voted to ban plastic grocery bags. This is another win by so-called environmental groups that claim the bags fill up landfills […]

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L.A. Plastic Bag Ban – By The Way…Reusable Bags Might Be Worse For The Environment

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2012

This is almost a palate cleanser but then it is not.   Apparently the LA plastic bag ban was motivated by celebrity goobers with green thumbs. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated […]

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Norovirus Source – Reusable Grocery Bag

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2012

Remember when I wrote about LA looking to ban paper and plastic grocery bags?I included this quote… Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coliwas found in 12 percent of the bags. Running the bags through a washer or cleaning them by hand reduced bacteria levels to […]

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