If You Support Banning Plastic Grocery Bags, Here are 6 Reasons Why You Might Reconsider

By Michael Hausam (with parenthetical additions by BloggingForLiberty)

Across the country, 190 municipalities either tax plastic grocery bags or have banned them altogether.

Plastic Bags 2014

In California, Los Angeles County banned them beginning January 1st of this year, and the California state legislature is currently entertaining a bill that would ban them statewide (if California is doing anything, then you should always do the opposite).

In most places, paper bags can be purchased at the checkout in case one has forgotten to bring their own bag.

The justification for the bans have been the negative economic and environmental effects of plastic bags. In other words, forcing people to bring their own bags saves money for municipalities and helps save the planet (when government uses force it is called tyranny).

Ban supporters tend to be passionate about its positive effects, to the point that even Portlandia did a sketch mocking them:

But as it turns out, plastic bag bans are a lot more symbolism than substance, and a recent study  show us the reasons why:

  1. Banning plastic bags doesn’t actually save money  for garbage collection.
  2. They comprise about 1.4% of the municipal waste  in the United States.
  3. Plastic bags do not harm sea life any more than other forms of improperly disposed waste.
  4. Manufacturing of plastic bags requires far less energy, water, and emits fewer greenhouse gases (a pejorative phrase used by statists for the uneducated) than do paper  or in some cases , reusable bags -as Greenbiz explained “In Defense of the Plastic Bag.”
  5. Reusable bags have significant health risks due to unhygienic bacteria conditions  and the fact that few people disinfect them properly (this should be THE number one reason, as all others, although also valid, are inconsequential in comparison).
  6. The poor often bear a greater financial burden, since charges for more expensive  reusable or paper bags cannot be used for other purchases (in other words worry, you will be poor soon as the statists will take your money and redistribute it — taking just a little bit off the top for themselves (e.g., Obama is now worth over 20 million).

As good as it might feel to ban plastic bags, the facts show that it might be time to ban the bans.What do you think?  (At least one of these statist journalists gets it! Now, pray he can see who is promoting this sophistry and stop supporting them).


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