Don’t be Fooled by Prop 65

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Photo credit: Dave Bleasdale

Prop 65 is a classic “look here, not over there” distraction tactic by none other than the plastics industry, and they’re banking on their ability to confuse California voters. We’re here to make sure you know better.

Let’s be clear: Prop 65 does not ban plastic bags. It simply requires that the 10 cent charge for paper bags at the checkout stand is sent to a state fund instead of being kept by the store. So what’s wrong with that? The state fund that would be created by Prop 65 is vaguely defined and likely won’t amount to much. We know from the 150+ local bag bans in California that most shoppers quickly make a habit of bringing their own bags to the store instead of buying paper bags for 10 cents. The plastics industry is not in the business of solving our state’s environmental funding issues; Prop 65 is a green washed distraction and nothing more.

Need more convincing? Check out the ten largest contributors to the Prop 65 campaign. Hilex Poly is the old name for Novolex—remember them? They’re the ones who told us they would toss kids’ drawings in the recycling bin when we visited their headquarters in South Carolina earlier this month. The rest of the entities on the list are plastic bag manufacturers as well. NONE of them represent California voters. NONE of them are working to protect California’s waterways and coastlines. NONE of them deserve your vote.

Vote NO on Prop 65 and YES on Prop 67.

2 thoughts on “Don’t be Fooled by Prop 65

  1. You do not provide any argument or inform voter why you are suggesting to vote No on 65 while Yes on 67. I would rather say Yes on both. As an proponent of cleaner air, both propositions look good to me.

    List of top 10 contributors is not good enough reason not to vote Yes for prop 65. If you really want to educate the voters, you must tell them why they must vote No on prop 65.

    1. We recommend a no vote because we don’t support initiatives designed to mislead voters and erode support from grocers across the state.

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