Not that I necessarily went anywhere, just spending time with the family and tried to stay off the computer as much as possible. Did a bunch of reading which is always nice. Anyway, a lot has happened since the holidays, but I thought I would kick off the new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR by the way to everyone!) with a post about the new Alameda County bag law.
So for those of you that have not been shopping since January 1st, Alameda County’s bag law went into effect in the new year. Essentially in order to curb the usage of plastic bags there is now a county-wide ban on single use plastic bags. Period. Although I did score one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond but I can’t remember if it was before or after New Years Day. A lot of stores were clamping down on the plastic bags pre January 1st. Anyway, in lieu of plastic bags you are urged to bring your own to the store or you can purchase a paper bag for no less than 10 cents from the store.
While I totally understand the logic behind the plastic bag ban and the charging for single use bags, yes I’ve seen all those plastic bags floating loose around etc and so forth, but I think most people — not all — reuse those plastic bags for other things such as lining wastepaper baskets or — in my case — scooping kitty litter. So it’s a bit of a bummer to have to buy bags to scoop kitty litter into now, because it’s not like I’m not going to use plastic to scoop kitty litter into, I’m just going to have to pay more for it.
Anyway, while I knew this was coming down the pipeline since the law passed a while ago, I guess mentally I hadn’t really prepared for it. In that my car was decidedly re-useable bag free when I decided to pop into South Shore to pick up some stuff. It was only when I was half way to South Shore that I realized, “BAGS!” And that if there wasn’t a lonely floating bags somewhere in my car I would either need to purchase a bag at some point which I was loathe to do or transform my coat into a carrying device. Luckily I had one, one in the car which I managed to shove all my purchases in to.
If there is any resolution you all should have in the new year and this will be an easy one to accomplish, stash a bunch of bags into your car or coat pocket or wherever.