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Plastic bags: To pay or not to pay

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/22/plastic-bags-pay

This is one of the must read topics from the Washington Times today, other than ' Inside the Beltway' which really blows me away. While I am still trying to wrap my head around that government conspiracy theorcy post, I will deal with the plastic bag issue, and whether to pay, or not, for our plastic shopping bags.

If you are Enviro conscious, you may have paid for cloth bags, to be used over and over, that have been provided at most retailers, for a small fee of course, or make your own, but seem to forget to bring along on shopping trips, forget them in the car. I am just as guilty as the rest.

Plastic bags are really vexing , and it is even more vexing that corporate retail still make plastic bags so
conveniently available, free in this state, and are not instructing retail check out folks to ask if you want paper, plastic, cloth tote(bag), or if you have brought your own.

What really gets my goat is when I instruct a retail check-out how to plastic bag my stuff ( for the times that I absentmindedly forget the cloth bags), like, 'don't double plastic bag', or 'put it all into one plastic bag', or 'I don't need a bag, really,' they still insist on questioning, refusing, my wishes.

Dread check out after any shopping event at any retail establishment for the corporate retail mentality that forces this plastic; their thuggery is audacious.


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Comment by Ellen on August 2, 2011 at 4:01pm

You Can't Recycle That!  

Fort Waynes new recycling program is no longer encouraging participation. It is educating people on what they can and can’t throw into the recycling carts. A lot of yard waste, scrap wood are two big offenders being thrown into recycling bins......I watch neighbors filling up their recycling bin with stuff like this, after they fill up their garbage bin. But the worst offender is..........PLASTIC  GROCERY BAGS!      The thin plastic grocery bags clog up the recycling equipment and should be taken back to the stores for recycling, not tossed into the carts.   

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110731/EDIT10/307319975/102...
Comment by Ellen on November 15, 2010 at 12:26pm
Here we go again.....another good intention gone awry.....or is it just another transition? I have a mixture of bags, some I have purchased at Kroger's, DG, even received some at local environmental rallies, some I have made.. Always wondered why some of these bags from China have this unsettling chemical smell, thought maybe it was like a new garment type of stink, that usually comes out after the first washing. Great, now wonder if some of my food purchases put into the China bags have been contaminated, or if just handling these bags is not safe???

Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk!

As one commenter said..."Something made in China is contaminated with lead? Remind me again, what exactly is the "news" in this?"

http://news.yahoo.com/video/newyorkcbs2-15751042/reusable-bags-cont...

Lead in reusable grocery bags prompts call for federal inquiry

http://www.wtsp.com/pub/naturalhealth/story.aspx?storyid=156568&...
Comment by Ellen on September 6, 2010 at 4:28pm
Calfornia Bombs on Plastic Bag Ban.....

Despite San Francisco leading the way on banning plastic bags back in 2007, California senators rejected a proposed plan to ban plastic bags statewide. The measure to remove carryout plastic bags from supermarkets, drug stores and convenience shops would have taken effect by July 2012 in larger stores, and 2013 in smaller stores, and it would have made California the first state to institute a ban like this. It was expected to sail through the Senate and pass with flying colors, and Governor Schwarzenegger already said he fully supported the measure. But it failed. Why? Because it would be too "costly" for consumers. It seems the concept of true cost is once again trumped by immediate financial concerns.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the measure failed with a vote of 14 ayes, 20 nay

Chemical-company interests lobbied members intensively to block the bill, doling out donations last month to politicians and mounting a TV, radio and newspaper ad campaign. Grocery store lobbyists, meanwhile, argued strongly for the measure. Grrrrrrrr...........

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/09/california-bombs-on-plastic...
Comment by Ellen on August 19, 2010 at 11:59pm
Researchers wonder where extra plastic trash is.......!???

Don't worry its there and the fish are eating it, and now you're eating it too

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/08/where-has-all-the-pla...
Comment by Ellen on August 10, 2010 at 2:55pm
This is in the Editorials today. The fight against Big Plastic Bottled Water

Published: August 10, 2010 3:00 a.m.
Furthermore…

Bottled water is latest sin

Concord, Mass., was where the Revolutionary War started and now it appears the town has become the first battleground in the war over bottled water. In April, the town voted to ban the sale of bottled water beginning Jan. 1. But in a recent decision, lauded by the International Bottled Water Association, the Massachusetts attorney general overturned the ban.

Bottled water is increasingly in the crosshairs of environmentalists because of the large amount of fossil fuels needed to make and transport plastic water bottles. According to a study from Food and Water Watch, it takes more than 47 million gallons of oil to produce the plastic water bottles Americans use in a year and it takes about five times a bottle’s volume of water to make one bottle. Only 14 percent of the plastic water bottles sold get recycled and eliminating plastic water bottles would eliminate 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Bottled water manufacturers are responding to the concerns by making water bottles with less plastic. Meanwhile, more communities are looking at bans or increasing taxes on plastic bottled water. On June 1, the state of Washington began collecting a new “sin tax” that includes candy, gum, beer and bottled water.
Comment by Ellen on August 4, 2010 at 12:11pm
Bad, bad, bad!!!!!

Scientists previously mapped huge floating trash patches in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but now a husband-wife team researching plastic garbage in the Indian Ocean suggest a new and dire view. "The world's oceans are covered with a thin plastic soup," "There is no island of trash," says Anna Cummins, cofounder of 5 Gyres Institute. "It's a myth." Instead, she says the garbage patches resemble plastic soup or confetti. "We now have a third accumulation zone of plastic pollution that shows compounding evidence that the trash isn't condensed to an island," she says. "It's spread out across the entire gyre from coast to coast."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ygreen/newgarbagepatchdiscoveredinindianocean
Comment by Ellen on August 4, 2010 at 8:16am
Take the pledge......I am officially counted in.

http://www.plasticpledge.org/the-plastic-problem.cfm
Comment by Ellen on May 19, 2010 at 10:04am
http://letsgogreen.biz/pages/plastic.html

Compostable and Biodegradable Plastic Bags & Wrap

We use billions of plastic bags each year in this country and less than 3% ever get recycled. It takes a normal plastic bag over a thousand years to degrade in a landfill, but ours will do so in 12 to 24 months. Here are some great products to get you on your way to becoming a Green Consumer! Best of all, most of these products are available by the item or case, so you can purchase as many or as few as you need for added savings.
Comment by thechickenlady on April 10, 2010 at 12:27am
Love the youtube video! Really gets the point across! Everyone, be aware of what you're doing & tell others! No plastic bags, no bottles, no plastic if you can help it, recycle if you have some to get rid of, buy recycled plastics etc, etc. Spread the word!
Comment by Ellen on April 8, 2010 at 8:06am
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/109072

Our Troubled Country: Plague of Plastics
Frosty Wooldridge
July 08, 2009
"And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: "Look at this God-awful mess."

Art Buchwald, 1970

In my world travels from the Arctic to Antarctica, I found that humanity holds little sacred on this planet. I have sailed and used my Scuba gear across all the oceans and seas. I have rafted or canoed rivers from the Amazon to the Mississippi to the Yangtze. I have explored all the Great Lakes and many unknown lakes around the world. I have walked on the Hawaiian Islands to the Galapagos Islands to Ross Island at the bottom of the world. I bicycled along the North Sea in Norway and around Lake Titicaca in South America.

At every location on our globe that humans inhabit, humanity throws its trash in every conceivable form.

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