Steven Greenhut Says Feel-Good Plastic Bag Bans Cost You


Steven Greenhut takes issue with the term "single use" plastic bags, given that most of us reuse these light, cheap bags we now get — to dispose of cat litter, to curb the dog during walks, to line our wastebaskets. And yet, supporters of new legislation in California want to force consumers to shift to using the reusable bags. He cites a recent Reason Foundation study, highlighting that these activists don't account for the energy use needed to clean the heavier types of bags and that consumers are unlikely to reuse them enough to pay for their additional costs, among several other issues.