businesses will be impacted in several ways.
Stores face fines of up to $500 for defying the ban
and handing out single-use bags.
Jobs will be lost by small businesses engaged in the
manufacturing, and sale of plastic bags.
Also, a ban is seen as a
tax on grocers because paper bags cost about 10 cents each,
compared with 3 cents per plastic bag.
This could negatively impact their sales.
the United States International Trade Commission reported
that 102 billion plastic bags are used annually in the
United States alone.
bags are made of vegetable-based bioplastics which can decay
organically and prevent a build-up of toxic plastic bags in
landfills and the natural environment.
ban was being considered by the California legislature but
failed by three votes.
One of the members voting against the measure claimed
that the bill would cost her district to lose 500 jobs as a
result of the ban.