By eliminating plastic bags, the most common substitute will be paper bags. Aren’t those just as bad for the environment?

Our goal is not to proliferate the usage of single-use paper, but we recognize that the initial launch of this proposed ordinance may come with a temporary increase of alternatives, presumably paper. As a consumer based society, perhaps if we demand that new paper bags are produced in the most efficient manner, we will see dramatic improvements in the process.  It is our opinion that there hasn’t been much innovation in this area. To incentivize the consumer to bring their own bag, shops and/or the ordinance could impose a small fee for providing a bag. This was done in the U.K. and within a 6-month period, the single-use bag usage dropped by 80%.

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1. By eliminating plastic bags, the most common substitute will be paper bags. Aren’t those just as bad for the environment?
2. Can we get an ordinance to eliminate the plastic garbage bags that we pay for from the town?
3. Why don’t you expand the ban to single-use coffee cups and other debris that ends up in the ocean and on beaches?
4. Reusable bags eventually become worn out, and end up in the landfill so what is the point?
5. What are some viable alternatives to plastic bags that I can use for waste at home?
6. What steps can I take to help eliminate the use of plastic bags in my life?