Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosMany people agree that banning plastic grocery bags would be good for the environment, but they claim that charging a nickel for paper bags would constitute a tax on groceries.There is an easy solution. Some stores already give a nickel credit to customers who supply their own bags, so why not include such a provision in the bill? It would encourage reuse of paper bags, and anyone who objected to paying the “tax” on bags could not only avoid paying it, but actually get a nickel credit on his groceries by bringing his own bag.THOMAS MARKMy personal grocery shopping habits would put me clearly in th nike air max 90 e anti plastic bag camp. I bring reusable bags for major shopping and often carry out two or three items with no bag at all. But I think a couple of options need to be considered before we shoulder the social and economic cost of banning plastic bags.First, what has Fred Meyer learned nike air max 90 from its elimination of free plastic? What has it saved the company in cost versus loss in sales? If their voluntary action is a success, others might follow.Second, we have some of the world’s best advertising minds here in Portland. What would it cost to put them to work raising the environmental consciousness of grocery shoppers, compared to the cost of legislating behavior?Let’s step back and take a really good look at the proposed ban on plastic bags.Legislative bans and mandates tend to have unintended consequences. Constitution is widely acknowledged to have done little to curb alcohol consumption but created a situation in which organized crime grew rapidly. The single use plastic bag would seem to be an easy and worthy target of a prohibition, but let’s be very careful about putting blanket bans or mandates into la nike air max 90 w.THOMAS SMITHAs reported in the Feb. 9 paper, the Legislature has held its first public hearing on the proposal to ban single use plastic checkout bags.Over the past year, Environment Oregon has made this issue a top priority to help stop the stream of trash, especially plastic bags, from ending up i nike air max 90 n the rivers, on our beaches and in the ocean. Plastics accumulate in the Pacific into a toxic soup of trash, where they poison, choke and harm whales, turtles, birds and other marine wildlife. The 1.7 billion plastic bags we consume in Oregon each year are contributing to this ocean debris.Fortunately, there is an easy solution supported by Oregon’s grocers, retailers, city governments, environmentalists, concerned citizens, recyclers, the paper industry and hundreds of small businesses: We can ban single use plastic bags.