In The Bag

In six months, San Francisco will become the first North American city to ban plastic bags. It's likely that Mayor Gavin Newsom will approve the legislation which was voted in by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The city, which uses 181 million plastic bags annually is set to save 450,000 gallons of oil a year with this move, as well as eliminating the 1400 tons of plastic bag waste currently sent to landfills.


This is hillarious. They can save as much gallons of oil as they want, but this is not the sollution to reduce the damage on the climate, as the climate is not influenced by the use of plastic bags, cars, etc, but more by naval activity and the changes that the oceans are going through.

Agreed that the effect of one city taking such a step is miniscule, it reduces oil consumption per year by about 10,000 barrels of oil. Now if the same measure was taken in 50 cities of equivalent size we would be reducing oil consumption by roughly 500,000 barrels of oil.

Considering the US consumes 20 million barrels of oil per day, we have a long, long way to go, but you have to start somewhere and everywhere.

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Adrianne: I can’t say that I give much credence to your assessment of what affects climate, but being open-minded I wanted to check out your link. It didn’t work. Maybe just paste the url. To support a statement like the one you made, it had better be a good link!

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You have to start somewhere. If every city were to implement this kind of ban, not only would a small chunk of that oil be displaced, but it would keep tons of plastic bags out of the landfills and out of the trees they often end up in. Every little bit helps. And to see people shrug off the significance of this is, for lack of a better word, stupid.

And less plastic in the oceans means less plastic clogging up the digestive tracts of sea turtles (who mistake the bags for tasty jelly fish) and planktivorous whales and whale sharks.

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