Wash. U. Student Senate Votes to Ban Plastic Bags


Wind bag: Wash. U. students want the plastic to go bye-bye.
  • Wind bag: Wash. U. students want the plastic to go bye-bye.
Student leaders at Washington University went all San Francisco this month, voting to prohibit retail businesses on campus from handing out plastic bags to customers.

If adopted by school administrators, the resolution would take effect the fall semester of 2013 and impact just three businesses -- the bookstore, an on-campus market and the most risque-sounding school gift shop ever, Bear Necessities.

The businesses would be asked to offer paper bags instead of plastic. As the school paper Student Life reported, the vote was closer than anticipated, passing by a margin of 11 to 7, with those opposed concerned about costs and the true environmental impact of the measure.

"There are no free reusable bags, just like there are no free lunches," admitted one of the organizers of the resolution, Jake Lyonfields. "One of the issues is how to distribute the cost. We decided it would be more economical to have people who use the bags to pay for the paper bags."

God love 'em.

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