Palo Alto merchants, faced with a proposed new regulation, come back with more sweeping alternative!
Local grocery stores and pharmacies are claiming that just banning plastic bag is not enough.
Instead, the comprehensive program should charge paper bags and an include intense effort to shift people to cloth or other reusable bags.
They also suggest that the program would also apply to all retail businesses in town, not just the 13 groceries and pharmacies affected by the current plan.
As a reusable bag user, I have always been worried about increased paper bag consumption due to the skepticism for the plastic bag. Too much paper bag is also waste of our precious resources (even recycling requires energy and other input). I totally agree with Palo Alto marchants!