Photograph taken Jan 20, 2011
Paper or plastic? Neither! There is no need for the convenience embodied by that question. Oil and Trees, both valuable recourses, do not have to be harvested for the purpose of providing people with an unnecessary convenience. Briefly reusable and unsustainable, these bags have been polluting the earth for decades; paper grocery bags since 1852 and plastic ones since 1977. We have produced so many bags that they hang from trees, scare motorists on the freeway, and clog the waterways. San Jose, California recently passed a ban on some types of single use plastic bags, set to take effect in January 2012. Until then, thousands will continue to be passed out at liquor stores, grocery stores, and department stores.