They’re one of the more ubiquitous items in our kitchens, often stuffed into a drawer or basket or shoved hastily under the sink. They’re plastic grocery bags and in Lake Oswego and other parts of Oregon, they’re facing a hasty demise.
As of July 1, 2019, Lake Oswego has ordered a ban on all plastic carry out bags in retail establishments over 10,000 square feet (think grocery and big box stores), with other establishments following suit by January 2020, according to Jenny Slepian, Lake Oswego’s Sustainability and Management Analyst.
Why the bag ban now? According to the town of Lake Oswego’s official city website, the goal is to change consumers’ behavior. By imposing a ban, the hope is that more consumers will bring their own reusable grocery bags when shopping, lessening the harm to the environment posed by those non-biodegradable plastic bags... Read the rest