According to the Plastic Bag Ban Report “On January 1st, Washington, DC put into effect a new law known as “Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009″. This law has been known mostly as the Plastic Bag Fee law. If you make a retail purchase in the city and don’t have your own bag with you, you will pay .05 cents if you get a bag to carry your merchandise.”
At first, this law was upsetting to a lot of people, but it is a small price to pay to help clean up our area. Especially, if we want our children to have clean water and animals to behold and enjoy. Keeping a bag with us at all times also helps us to save $0.5, which adds up over time. We can just add it to our children’s piggy banks. Hopefully, over time the stores will be able to save money and reduce their prices a bit.
Kristen at My Healthy Sushi shares her perspective on being required to bring your on bag in Germany.
Yes, I am so BYOB (bring your own bag) lately! Good-Bye plastic and paper bags. It is finally time for me to be friendly to the earth. Well, I am kinda forced to be friendly to the earth. You see I live in Germany and the stores don’t give you a choice, they don’t have bags (that are free). So I have to carry a bag on me at all times (or a stroller with a basket so I can stash my stuff in).
I like this about Germany. Even when I decide to be ‘bad’ and not carry my cloth bag, I am forced to be ‘good’. One time I didn’t have my stroller on me or a bag and I had to walk home with a ton of stuff in my hands, dropping them and picking them up a dozen times. I think I lost about 10 cool points that day. I can’t wait until the good ole U.S. of A. has this policy, a BYOB policy would be awesome. Since I am forced to be a bag lady, I might as well carry cute bags. So I am happy to announce that I decided to put our adorable logos on bags! These bags can be used to shop with or for a gym bag, for my children’s childcare bag or what ever else I need it for. I also decided to put the logos on other things I love: water bottles, shirts (I’m wearing mine to yoga and Zumba), sweaters, baby clothes and more!
Say No to Plastic bags… uh please.
Thanks Kristen for sharing your perspective with us!
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