The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition is trying to fight its way out of a plastic bag ban in San Francisco.
The coalition, which not surprisingly includes packaging manufacturers, contends a San Francisco law prohibiting restaurants and retailers from using plastic bags is unconstitutional, and will actually hurt the environment, claiming that paper bags take more energy to produce than plastic ones, Courthouse News Service reported.
They claim that a report from Los Angeles County found that a reusable bag must be used at least 104 times before it offsets its greater negative environmental impacts than a plastic bag.
Could be, but public opinion is pretty solidly wrapped up against plastic bags, according to a ConsumerAffairs sentiment analysis of about 740,000 consumer comments on blogs and social media over the last year.
Paper bags, on the other hand, have a positive sentiment rating Mitt Romney can only envy. We found about 300,000 consumers raving about their love affair with paper, with only a few scattered complaints having to do with cost and, in one case, lack of handles. (Hint: Trader Joe's bags have handles).
If, in fact, there is a vast left-wing conspiracy whose goal is to poison the well of consumer sentiment against plastic bags, it has done its job well. It's hard to find anyone who'll say anything good about them, except that they're free and are a handy way to scoop up dog poop.
Ordinance No. 33-12 bans plastic carryout bags at retail stores, restaurants and other food establishments, and requires that consumers pay a 10-cent fee for each paper or compostable carryout bag.
The coalition says it asked the city to prepare an environmental impact report on the different bags, to which the City and County of San Francisco did not respond.
No doubt this is an issue of the greatest possible importance but some skeptics might say the bagmen would be well advised to, well, bag it.
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