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Plastic bags: To pay or not to 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 April 5, 2010 at 11:07am
This is the reason not to pitch it- ditch it, any plastic.
Our feathered friends are counting on us.

Comment by Ellen on March 23, 2010 at 8:27pm
Made a return of a purchase to K-mart to-day.
The return item was taken back, not in a K-mart bag, but a Dollar G. bag. I grabbed any plastic bag I had, right? Thinking that if I decided to do an exchange, not just a return, they would bag the new item into the plastic bag I had brought in, right? Oh no, K-mart refused to use the DG bag. I asked, why, because of the logo? Well, then just turn it inside out! I said.
They still refused, but would bag it into a cloth tote I retrieved from the car. The thing is, the cloth tote says 'KROGER'.
The hypocrisy of this whole incident still boggles my mind!
Comment by Ellen on March 11, 2010 at 12:08pm
Are There Really 'Continents' of Floating Garbage?

Comment by Ellen on March 10, 2010 at 12:12pm
http://rawstory.com/2010/03/ibm-invents-earthfriendly-p... /

I saw this new( or a type of) plastic on Sun Chips bags the other day. The plastic like material is really noisy, stiff, hard to believe that it can be composted by consumers, per the label info.
I will give it a test.

IBM researchers on Tuesday said they have discovered a way to make Earth-friendly plastic from plants that could replace petroleum-based products tough on the environment.

The breakthrough promises biodegradable plastics made in a way that saves on energy, according to Chandrasekhar "Spike" Narayan, a manager of science and technology at IBM's Almaden Research Center in Northern California.

Almaden and Stanford University researchers said the discovery could herald an era of sustainability for a plastics industry rife with seemingly eternal products notorious for cramming landfills and littering the planet.

"This discovery and new approach using organic catalysts could lead to well-defined, biodegradable molecules made from renewable resources in an environmentally responsible way," IBM said in a release.
Comment by Ellen on March 9, 2010 at 1:51am
Plastic kills

Comment by Ellen on March 6, 2010 at 12:16am
Oceans are toilets, yeah duh, for everything we eat, depoop, dispose, and plastic is the ratsbane.
Robert posted June '09 ' Large dump of garbage in Pacific Ocean- says a lot about us....

Leah....you are welcome....I narrowed down my shopping to Dollar G., and a few other smaller stores, quickly in-and-out, no hassle check-out with my OWN bags, for a few items needed weekly. How come people accept Aldis policy of bring- your- own- bags- or- pay, but they won't do it anywhere else!? Aldis has been doing this for years.
Comment by waldopaper on March 5, 2010 at 7:15pm
PAY for plastic bags? Outrageous! Let's just keep turning our oceans into a giant plastic toilet.
Comment by Leah DiMaria on March 5, 2010 at 2:05pm
Also, thank you for the AP article below..interesting read. Back in the early 90's I worked ( with a small group)to get a law in place to charge for plastic bags in Indianapolis/Marion County..well you can only imagine how well that went..sigh. Then we worked to get stores to do it by choice,not law. Nope,the grocery/retail stores said Indpls. shoppers would be angered by the small fee for plastic bags.
However, the 5cent refund per reusable bag that customers brought in to some retail stores ,like Wild Oats was successful, for awhile anyway. Trader Joe's used to give a few cents rebate for each reusable bag,but they don't anymore.
I do hope that Washington's 5cent law is a raging success and many more states,including Indiana,will follow.
Comment by Leah DiMaria on March 5, 2010 at 1:45pm
Oh, and the car I wrote of (in my comment) when I forget my reusable bags, is not mine.I do not drive a car..so going to get bags from someone's car is difficult if I don't have the keys to it,or I would just go out and get them -if forgotten.
Comment by Leah DiMaria on March 5, 2010 at 1:35pm
Thank You thank you & thank you Ellen! for this blog post and it is something I could have written verbatim.
I still annoy,irritate and confuse check-out bagers along with my shopping companions as I "instruct" how to & how not to bag my items into plastic or paper bags(yes,for the times I forget my totes in the car. Of course I save all bags and reuse them instead of purchasing trash bin bags& for other uses).
I recently discussed the "don't even ask you anymore paper,plastic or do you have your own bags?" with my shopping companion,annoyed about it. During my last grocery shopping trip, I did have my own bags but some items did not fit..the check-out person kept insisting on putting a couple items in separate plastic bags, I asked to put in 1 please,was ignored..annoyed people behind me,annoyed my friend and well I was annoyed at NOT listening to me. So, I did it myself..then I had to argue with the person to not toss out the extra unwanted plastic bags,as they were about to do ..I said "why can't you use them for customer behind me?" I was told,well is easier to bag from the dispenser thingy than use the one's pulled off for my items.huh? Why? I said...anyway I did get the unwanted bags used not tossed and in the process ticked off a lot of people.Ah well,my point was made.
Yes,Ellen I think should be a charge for paper or plastic shopping bags and a discount for bringing our own re usable bags/totes. Is my opinion,a few cents worth anyway :)

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