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The Demand for Non-Woven Grocery Totes Increases Due to Plastic Ban


The controversial debate on whether or not California should follow through with their recent plans to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenient stores has been underway for quite some time, with environmentalists on one side and the American Progressive Bag Alliance on the other. While reformers in favor of the ban argue that plastic bags are responsible for much of the pollution plaguing cities in California, plastic bag manufacturers are pleading the case for what they say is thousands of jobs that could be lost if the bill is passed.

Although $2 million to help plastic bag manufacturers shift their operations to the production of reusable bags, like non-woven polypropylene, is included in the bill, manufacturers still argue that the impact on jobs and consumers will be too great. Nevertheless, it seems that Californians, who have always been leaders in environmental legislation across the nation, might soon be in high demand for reusable shopping bags.

Originally the ban on plastic shopping bags was to be put into action as early as this Summer, but a surprising amount of backlash and petitioning against the bill has caused it to get pushed back. Now, the state-wide ban, which has been suspended in limbo, may not be implemented until after voters have had an opportunity to weigh in, in November of 2016.

If the bill is finally passed in the near or distant future, plastic bags will slowly be phased out at large supermarkets, like Target or Wal-mart, first and then the bill will trickle down to smaller grocers and pharmacies later on.

Many consumers, especially those who have already made the switch to reusable, eco-friendly shopping totes, believe this is a step in the right direction. Others who are presumably stuck in their ways seem to be more concerned with the additional costs for not only the purchase of reusable shopper totes, but the current fees that grocery stores charge for paper bags that they might be subjected to in the future.

About this particular issue, State Senator Alex Padilla has said, “For those folks concerned about the 10 cent fee that may be charged for paper, the simple elegant solution is to bring a reusable bag to the store.”

It’s obvious that the road to banning plastic bags in grocery stores for the sake of the environment is going to be a long and difficult one, but if no one ever fought to change the world for the better then then we might not have clean air to breath or unpolluted water to drink right now. If the fact that Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico are all following suit with their own pending bans on single-use bags indicates anything at all, it’s that California just might be on to something.


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