I was informed today at the tiny local grocery where I buy most of my produce, eggs, and dairy that starting next week the city of Tlapa (in rural Mexico) will require stores to charge for bags and we need to bring our own. Unlike in many places in the States, the minimal charge per bag will be cost prohibitive for most people, and I expect everyone will bring their own. Most people already own multiple reusable bags because if you go to the open air market, most vendors don’t offer bags.
I had just read this article last week about how plastic bag bans are affecting US cities, and not in the eco-friendly way everyone hoped. Granted, the studies they talk about are only looking at carbon footprints, not trash, and trash is a huge problem here. But I resonated with this line:
Stop depressing me. What should we do?
I’m all for being a good global citizen, but why does everything have to be so complicated?
How about in your town? Have they banned bags? Charge for them? Do many people use reusable ones?