"Paper or plastic"?
A question that is being asked less and less these days here in SoCal.
More and more cities here in SoCal are implementing a policy of no
more single use plastic bags to carry home your purchases from retail
Single use paper bags are available for $0.10 each or reusable bags
may be purchased for $1.00.
Why all the fuss?
An attempt to keep an estimated 1 billion used plastic bags discarded
after use every year out of the ocean.
BTW, it's working.
Environmentally, there is little difference between paper or plastic
based on multiple studies. Reusable bags make the most sense and I
prefer them, personally.
One step is behavior modification and education. If you buy one item
already packaged, do you really need a bag at all? If you are doing
the bagging in the store, fill the bags and not give the customer 12
bags for 14 items.
When we get plastic bags, they get used one or two more times before
we toss them. I take my lunch in them, bring home the empty
container, and they are used for small trash can liners.
Another way is to collect plastic bags and reuse the plastic. That's
what is done here. All grocery stores have containers to collect
plastic bags. I hope (snicker) they do indeed bring them to a recycling
plant. But we use reusable bags as much as possible.
I put my canvas sacks in front of the groceries and have actually had
the clerks set the sack down to fill it, set the others behind them to
fill them later, and then ask me "Paper or Plastic?"
If you're trying to take a roomful of people by
surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets
if you don't yell going through the door.
-- Lois McMaster Bujold
You Have to pay extra for the single use packaging to carry your
Do you have to pay extra for a receipt too.
In S. Tex we do not pay for that kind of stuff, use single use bags, and
I have not seen any of them in the ocean/gulf. That is working too!
Do you people in California not know how to dispose of your trash properly?
Toronto city council just recently ended the .05 charge for plastic
bags. But, in their wisdom, they didn't stop there. As of 2013, the
use of all plastic bags will be ended.
I'm going to have to stock up on several hundred of them before that
since I use them for tossing used cat litter.
You can add women to that list. One is nice, two or three is much
better ~ until it costs you to get them out of your life. Guess then
it crosses your mind about using one of those many guns you have. :)
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