We’re not all-seeing. We don’t have a troop of SGA spies standing at the exits of every Ralph’s in Los Angeles. Still, we’re pretty sure L.A.’s plastic bag ban is causing a few shoppers to squawk and grumble in checkout aisles all across the city.
So what’s an eco-minded Angeleno to do? Prepare. Here are 4 ways to beat your neighbor’s bag ban bitterness. The earth thanks you for it.
1. Carry an extra bag with you. It doesn’t have to be your favorite organic, fair trade cotton bag with the wine sleeve. Just pack a brown paper bag or a shopping bag. When you hear that anguished cry, “What?! 10 cents for a paper bag?” you can offer yours for free. You’ll be paying it forward, and it’ll create a memory for the shopper, which may help him or her remember a reusable bag next time.
It might be a good sign, it might be a bad sign, but it’s definitely a sign of some sort when armed guards protect your office’s front door.
I’d taken the flight, found a little spot to stay (without speaking more than 300 words of Spanish) and was walking from the taxi to this 6 story glass box in the middle of Escazu, a little suburb of San Jose. A teenager and the type of 35 year old who looks sixty stood with lazy confidence in front, gigantic shotguns hanging from their shoulders.
As I walked up, a blue eyed guy named Scott walked out front to greet me. He wore khakis. Khakis next to shotguns in Costa Rica are also a sign. Read More