Reduce plastic, and save money, with reusable bags

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Oak Park will join cities worldwide that have banned, or charge, a fee for single-use plastic or paper bags. Ordinance #17239, passed unanimously by the village board on Aug. 8, requires Oak Park retail stores of 5,000 square feet to charge customers 10 cents for each single-use paper or plastic bag provided at the checkout counter. 

The ordinance is intended to encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags to avoid taking a single-use, disposable bag that may end up as litter. The 10-cent fee will be split between the retailer and the village; the village's portion to be used for environmental sustainability initiatives. 

Studies bear out that both paper and plastic bags require large amounts of resources and energy to produce. Also, proper recycling requires constant oversight from both consumers, municipal waste collectors and private recycling companies. 

As we continue to shop locally, remember to reduce waste by using reusable bags. For more, visit 

Marirose Ferrara 

Interfaith Green Network

Oak Park 

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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2018 10:28 AM

The poorer citizens in town should follow the lead of the richer folk who dreamed up this idea, and store two or three $40 LL Bean canvas tote bags in the back seat of their SUV. It will help reduce their family's food costs from the new plastic bag tax on every bag of groceries.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: January 3rd, 2018 9:48 AM

So, I got 2 reusable bags from the Jewel and noticed that they both featured "LOCAL" in bold letters. Looking closely I found a tiny tag that proclaimed "Made in China" It seems to me that that is a whole lot less local than the Bagcraft product that comes from the west side of Chicago. If you visit our local parks you will see the brown pylon that tells you everything you cannot do in the park. That brown plastic post is made from recycled milk jugs and single use plastic bags.

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