Paper or plastic no more in Austin (it’s all part of my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy)

Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance

Music to my ears: on March 1, 2013, the City of Austin will begin enforcing strict regulation of the use and distribution of plastic bags in super markets.

Here’s the city’s link with info on the new ban.

Here’s some recent local news coverage.

And here’s some background from The New York Times.

I hate am happy to say I told you so: when I go grocery shopping, I bring a plastic tub (above) that I drop into my shopping cart. And while I still use plastic bags for “wet” vegetables and fruit (spinach, lettuce, etc.) or loose farraginous vegetables (like green beans), I just drop my purchases back into the tub after checkout (often to the bewilderment of the young baggers). I’ve been doing this ever since I moved here more than four years ago.

Beginning March 1, super markets will no longer provide free plastic bags.

Chapeau bas, Austin City Council!

I’ve been obsessed with plastic (and trying to live without it) since I was child (that’s my self-image at six years old above).

Just one word: plastics. While no one knows for certain, our daily contact with plastic seems to affect our over-arching health (see this Times Op-Ed by a woman participating in a study of life without plastic).

But there’s no doubt whatsoever that the use of plastic shopping bags has a profound effect on the environmental health of our communities.

And just in from the department of “my rock ‘n’ roll fantasy”…

rock and roll fantasy

Merci bien! to everyone who came out to my band’s show on Saturday night in Austin. Super fun times… Great to have the band in the live music capital of the world.

We’re playing LA on Thurs. and SF on Fri. of this week.

Click here for show info.

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