Napa can lead charge against plastic bags

2014-05-09T19:00:00Z 2014-05-13T18:55:05Z Napa can lead charge against plastic bagsShannon Kuleto Napa Valley Register
May 09, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

I support the plastic bag ban ordinance in Napa (and similar ones in the works in other Napa Valley cities, including my own town of St. Helena). This ordinance may not be perfect, but it's a giant step in the right direction for our valley and our planet.

The city website calls out that 27 million bags each year in the city of Napa alone are discarded. It boggles the mind. There's great information and FAQs answered at CityOfNapa.org, as well as a list of public forum dates discussing the bag ban.

Join me in urging the Napa City Council to adopt this ordinance. Napa Valley's often been in the vanguard of sustainability solutions, and in this ordinance, the city of Napa can lead the way for the rest of our cities and towns. Let's choose to be part of the cumulative solution rather than apathetic or dismissive about what even our seemingly small contributions can accomplish.

Shannon Kuleto

St. Helena

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  1. NapaMark15
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    NapaMark15 - May 10, 2014 12:35 am
    My household supports it.
  2. Mashed Potatoes
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    Mashed Potatoes - May 10, 2014 7:12 am
    Now we can watch the prime forests being chopped down to make paper shopping bags. Nice trade off!
  3. Cadence
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    Cadence - May 10, 2014 1:43 pm
    Hwy 29 has become more congested every year and with every new winery, wine bar, hotel and glossy new ad campaign more congestion is invited. . So much for Napa Valley being "in the vanguard of sustainability solutions."
  4. NapaMark15
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    NapaMark15 - May 10, 2014 2:06 pm
    MP, plenty of paper bags are made from recycled paper and plenty are made from byproducts from mills rather than directly from trees.

    Still, the idea is to transition to more reusable bags being used, not to just more paper being used. People using reusable bags is really not that hard of a concept.
  5. Mashed Potatoes
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    Mashed Potatoes - May 10, 2014 2:25 pm
    What are by products from mills?
  6. Crosscountrykid
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    Crosscountrykid - May 10, 2014 3:47 pm
    Well put, NM15. If anyone tried to manufacture paper bags from 'prime forests' they'd be laughed out of the pulp mill and then fired, rightly so. Bags and such are made from a variety of wood sources, much of it unsuitable for lumber and much that would end up as waste. The irony is, it's plastic bags that are made from a 'prime' resource: oil. Several of these commenters about the wood products industry simply have no idea what they're talking about.
  7. kevin
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    kevin - May 11, 2014 7:32 pm
    And thanks to fracking we have plenty of oil; there is no need to worry about running out...
  8. kevin
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    kevin - May 11, 2014 7:32 pm
    27 million bags? What's that amount to; about the volume of a VW?
  9. glenroy
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    glenroy - May 12, 2014 6:38 am
    Just another google eyed half-baked liberal idea….bunch of gerbils’ heading off to the cliff again.
    One would think after destroying sustainable paper bags, after forcing our dependence of high cost foreign energy, after doubling our healthcare costs, after destroying our urban communities and after turning our state into a welfare basket case dead last in job creation per cap…they’d stop and maybe figure out they’re going in circles? Guess not….

    These reusable bags will carry more germs and filth, and I mean deadly filth, back into our grocery stores which already have enough to deal trying keep up with the regular filth.
    The only sustainable bag has always been the paper bag…..but liberals killed that because they wanted plastic bags…any wonder why so many liberals can’t even sustain themselves much less fix all the things they ruin? There shouldn't be....
  10. glenroy
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    glenroy - May 12, 2014 6:58 am
    Plastic bag are much like paper bags...byproduct of refined oil residue.
    The bulk of paper bags came from farmed pulp trees grown for pulp, with the balance coming from lumber mill waste and recycling paper products. I worked in a pulp mill while in college in the 70s about 25% was recycled paper usually paper bags and newsprint...today it's about 50%.
    Banning bags, liberal fiasco, ruined entire communities that had lived a sustainable existence for some over 130 years…entire Mill Towns shut down. Liberals completely ruined the timber/paper commerce on the west coast, west of the Sierra and Cascades...there alone losing over 80,000 mill/related jobs, the bulk union.
    The big liberal myth #3345 was 'Save the forest ban paper bags'... in the end liberalism relies on mindlessness and ignorance to sustain itself. There's a limitless and still growing supply of that with public education's direction.
  11. NapaMark15
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    NapaMark15 - May 12, 2014 8:43 am
    Glenroy, reusable bags are washable. Not really as scary as you're making them sound.
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