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your article was posted in 2008, there have been scientific advances in biodegradable additives, heavy metals are not found in D2W, the additive has been 3rd party lab certified to be safe:
This is my main solution for solving plastic pollution, having elected officials create legislation to force all plastic manufactures to add d2w biodegradable additive to their manufacturing process. What is going on across the US with different city bag bans is absolutely absurd, plus they are really not outright banning bags, they are charging a 5-10 cent fee per bag which the grocery stores are keeping as revenue, currently the price of our food includes a small charge for the bags we use, so the grocery stores will be double billing us for bags. This is not going to solve plastic bag pollution, because nothing is going to change, the 10 cent fee is not going to persuade a large amount of people to stop using them. Having biodegradable plastic bags is the only answer at this time!
Santa Monica implemented a bag ban last year and now they are having a big problem with dog owners because many of them are not picking up their dog poop outside because plastic bags are not easily accessible like they use to be before the ban. The whole point of banning the plastic bags was to reduce pollution of finding these bags in waterways, ocean and sewers, however the dog poop is a bigger hazardous problem because if the pet owners are not picking up the poop, during a storm it will runoff into the water system and can possibly cause disease.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on A Bittersweet Symphony called D2W
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keep up with current news, reusable bags are not hygienic there are plenty of virus/germ cases linked to reusable bags: