Daly City CA: Last night Feb 14, Daly City council member David Canepa took the first step to introduce a plastic bag ban. Unfortunately he was met with opposition. Sadly the opposition was from his fellow colleague Maggie Gomez (who is headed to trial in March on fraud charges) Mrs. Gomez in a heated exchange, excuses Mr. Canepa of "Headline grabbing" and "back dooring". Mr. Canepa stood his ground and informed Mrs. Gomez that he is taking an open and transparent approach. Vice major Mr. Gonzalo Torres goes as far as walking away from the table.
Mr. Canepa took a bold step in the right direction despite the brief altercation. Manuel Martinez, founder of Project GreenBag spoke at the hearing saying:
"Hi, I'm Manuel Martinez, I'm the founder of the Project GreenBag, a reusable bag company based in San Francisco.
I started the company out of my concern for a very serious problem, plastic bag pollution.
Given all the negatives with the plastic bags, I find it's absurd to hear there is a group dedicated to saving the plastic bag.
As we all know, plastic bags are not biodegradable, they liter our community's street, and pollute our waterways and oceans. We should all be rallying for a responsible replacement to plastic bags, not trying and save them.
Paper bags also have a negative impact on the environment. So what is the solution? What do we use to take home our groceries and other items we purchase?
The answer is Project GreenBag. Project GreenBag is the most eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
Our reusable bags are made from 100% organic cotton which means they are biodegradable. They are designed and made in San Francisco, we never outsource any part of our process, which means we are creating green manufacturing jobs for Californians, not just office jobs.
Council members… Rid your city from plastic bag pollution, protect your environment, and ban the plastic bag!"
Many other members of the community came out to show their support as well. Mr. Canepa will need the communities help to pass the ban. Watch this page for info. We will post an update when the next hearing on banning plastic bags in Daly city is held. We hope you can come out and jon us then.
Read our previous article about the Daly City plastic bag ban here