A Couple Weekends Ago:
Cashier: Would you like a bag today?
Me: No, thank you. I'll use my backpack.
Cashier: Save the 7 cents.
Me: And the environment.
Cashier: People seem to care more about the 7 cents.
Me: Not me.
February 1st Chicago put a 7 cent tax in place for plastic bags and somehow it seems to be working! Last year I was excited about a plastic bag ban and then a loophole slid in for stores to have even thicker bags that "people would reuse." Spoiler: no one reused them. And it was terrible.
So as February 1st approached I refused to get my hopes up.
Then I started to notice people bringing in bags or just saying they'd carry their stuff and skip the bag.
I don't think I will come to understand how in other people's minds 7 cents is terrible and the thicker bags weren't. Regardless I'm glad it's working.
P.S. Would you like to know more about terrible plastics? Read here.