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POLL: Has the Plastic Bag Ban Affected Your Shopping?

Plastic or reusable, which one do you prefer?

How did your shopping week go? Were you affected at all?

Leslie January 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Wish Campbell would follow San Jose's lead and BAN ALL PLASTIC BAGS!
Mayra Flores de Marcotte January 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Thanks for commenting, Leslie! What would you say to the city to convince them? And why should they ban the bag?
Selvi Katir January 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree with Leslie. I shop in Campbell, the main reason is because my son and I are able to ride our bikes to the stores.
Stephanie Hester January 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
the bag in the picture is super cute! Where can I get one (or more)?
Mayra Flores de Marcotte January 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Good point, Selvi! Proximity does play a factor in canvas versus plastic, but what about for those that don't want to carry around various canvas bags in their cars? Sometimes those bags just aren't as flexible as plastic ...
Mayra Flores de Marcotte January 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hey Stephanie. I agree! I got this one after volunteering at last year's Great American Clean Up for Earth Day at John D. Morgan Park, but I put in a call to the city to find out if and where you can get some too. Stay tuned ... =)
Alan Zisser January 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I think we need to do the ban in Campbell. I walk the trail regularly and drive around Campbell, and see plenty of plastic bags littering the landscape. I've always been bothered by how many more plastic bags are used at places like Safeway, than if paper bags were used. I estimate that 3 to 4 times as many are used because they are smaller and the baggers put fewer items in them, and sometimes double bag. I can live without them, and even willing to pay the 10 cents for paper if necessary. I use reuseables at Trader Joe's, and will make a point of bringing a reusable with me when I go to other grocery stores and drugstores. I have them in my car (on the side door). We also forget that plastic bags take forever to breakdown, and they are made from fossil fuels (oil). They are a blight on the land.
Jason B January 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Hasn't affected me. I keep reusable bags in my car. Been doing that for maybe 10 years.
Danny January 08, 2012 at 12:40 AM
no effect here. I will limit my shopping to Campbell until the nazis infect our city council. then my family will move somewhere where people aren't so obsessed with controlling others. plastic bags are the last thing I am afraid of.
Linda Bargas January 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I've been trying to use the re-usable for the last few years. I like the cloth ones from Trader Joe's the best, they last a LONG time. My only issue with not having plastic bags readily available in my pantry is when I go to clean out the litter box :(
Tiffany January 25, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I live in the San Jose area and having plastic bags banned is quite annoying. We have also reused the plastic bags as trash bags and to do doggy duty. Idk what I'm going to do once all my bags run out
Just Dandy February 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Hahahaha! I feel the same way.... I'm very tired of the moralizing and the politically-acceptable bullying that is "green" legislation …
slm February 05, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I have not spent one cent in SJ since the ban, nor will I. I will continue to send my dollar votes to cities who do not have a bag ban. Campbell would do well to see if city revenues increase over time, vs rushing into copycatting this insanity. I know I'm not the only one making the effort to shop in cities other than SJ.
Just Dandy February 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I agree slm. I will vote with my feet if Campbell decides to ban bags. I will shop in another city whose local government minds its own business.

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