Now that the Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved a ban on plastic carry-out bags, I'd like to report to you that it'll be easy to live without them. I'd like to say that after a similar ban took effect in my city this year, I had no problem getting my groceries to the car, no problem lining my garbage cans and no moments of annoyance.
Truth is, though, it can be a pain. Sometimes, you just crave a flimsy wisp of plastic with built-in handles to carry out the trash, or to hold some messy item that should not see the inside of a backpack. The reality is that life without plastic bags is entirely doable and a lot better for the environment, but it does require some adjusting.
I've long been a believer in reducing the use of plastic bags, which always struck me as pretty unwieldy for groceries, anyway. Two or three items generally fit into a bag, or just one item if it's heavy — and the bag is doubled. People wheel 10 or more fluttering white bags out of the store, filled with goods that would fit into just one of my insulated, reusable bags that can be easily hoisted onto my shoulder.