“Paper or Plastic?” What You Need to Know About the Bag Ban

grocery-bag-ban.jpegOn November 8, California voters said “yes” to Proposition 67 – supporting an end to plastic bags polluting our waters and endangering marine life.

We’re proud of our state for supporting legislation that protects our coast from millions of plastic bags polluting the environment.

Now that the election’s over, what does the bag ban mean for your average trip to the grocery store? We’re here to get you up to speed.

1. The bag ban isn’t a new thing

That’s right. The ban actually went into effect in July of 2015, when California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 270. The law has been on hold in the meantime, but many cities and counties across California have already enacted the ban. Proposition 67, which was just on the ballot this year, just determined whether Senate Bill 270 would be upheld or overturned. Thankfully, California voters made the right choice.

2. We’re not saying goodbye to all plastic bags

The bag ban only applies to grocery stores and convenience stores. Retail stores and other businesses are unaffected for now.

3. The bag fee won’t nickel-and-dime your wallet

Yes, the ban requires a 10-cent fee for plastic bags. But it isn’t a tax and you don’t have to pay it. Just remember to bring reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Reusable bags are often given out for free; they are washable, tear-resistant and are guaranteed to last at least 125 uses. Best of all – they won’t end up in our waters or mistakenly eaten by marine life. If you forget your bags at home, you can just carry out your groceries in your cart. 

In the wake of a tumultuous election season, we can all use good news to celebrate. Thank you for voting yes on Prop 67 and protecting our coast and wildlife from pollution.