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Frank Artman
Frank Artman

We take cloth bags to the stores with us. Even so, We still end up with a lot of plastic. We use it as waste can liners, As packaging when shipping, at our vegetable stand and recycle the rest.

I like Daire's comment. We should have a surcharge on plastic bags.

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
  • Frank Artman

good plan Frank and good use also

Elizabeth Marshall
Elizabeth Marshall
  • Frank Artman

Some places in New Zealand have a surcharge, but if people need carry bags they pay it anyway. The price of the plastic bag needs to be prohibitive if this is going to make any kind of difference to the amount of plastic bags entering the waste dumps.

Sandra Fuller
Sandra Fuller

In Canada many businesses charge a nickel for a plastic bag. This has helped get people to carry their own reusable bags. In the U.S., when I bring my own bags many times clerks ignore them or make snide comments.

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
  • Sandra Fuller

if they do that to me a "snide "back Vietnam veteran with PTSD and I am vocal

Doug Fellers
Doug Fellers

We need to go back to paper!

Nadi Balagny
Nadi Balagny

STOP !

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
  • Nadi Balagny

STOP ! WHAT STOP BREATHING ? STOP TEXTING ? STOP WHAT NADIA

Nicola Merry
Nicola Merry

Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, it all takes over 1000 years to break down in the soil.

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
  • Nicola Merry

So is it then OK to throw plastic around and wait 1000 years to have them decompose ? and be a sight for anyone to see; not sure what point 1000 years is meant to be Nicola

Renee Heath
Renee Heath

say no to plastic bags!!!

Rochelle Bellecourt
Rochelle Bellecourt
  • Renee Heath

I agree . Reduse reuse and recycle.. Mother earth is to precious .. so sad to see all the pollution and people who dont.. help the planet we all need to survive... : ((

John Halash
John Halash

After reading this i will think twice before i throw out another grocery bag, it's so easy to return them to the store... As I recall don't most stores have a big box at the entrance? Maybe more states should impose a deposit system.

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
  • John Halash

yes John and sometimes we that like the environment need to be advocates for same and not let someone else do the "heavy lifting" take a positive effort in your state to see if a law could be enacted to do what u suggest

Joanie Fritz Zosike
Joanie Fritz Zosike

Bags away! Everyone do your best to pitch in. Plastic is like so 50s, man.

Sonja Gay
Sonja Gay
  • Joanie Fritz Zosike

TOO many!

Carlos White
Carlos White

They're great for trash can liners and kitty litter. Walmart recycles them. Like all other environmental issues, these problems get solved one person at a time.

Allen McDaniel
Allen McDaniel
  • Carlos White

Carlos: Yes, they are good for trash, etc. The problem is that anything you throw out in one takes a LOT longer to break down into it's components or become compost because of the plastic it's wrapped in, so even in landfills it is a hindrance. Until we exert pressure to make them 100% recyclable (as in biodegradable) or stop the use & OVERuse of them (w/cloth bags, recycling, etc.) they will only make the problem worse. Thanks tho- to all of the stores where we can now take LDPS (what they...

Carlos: Yes, they are good for trash, etc. The problem is that anything you throw out in one takes a LOT longer to break down into it's components or become compost because of the plastic it's wrapped in, so even in landfills it is a hindrance. Until we exert pressure to make them 100% recyclable (as in biodegradable) or stop the use & OVERuse of them (w/cloth bags, recycling, etc.) they will only make the problem worse. Thanks tho- to all of the stores where we can now take LDPS (what they call the plastic). Maybe SOME days we WON'T find them in the wilderness, in waterways, just everywhere. Glad YOU care at least!!

Merja Koskinen
Merja Koskinen
  • Carlos White

Plastic takes 700 to 800 years to dissolve in nature, polluting our soil with it's toxicity. Recycling does not really mean anything. Only 100% plant based Bio Plastic will compost without leaving a toxic residue in 3 months. It is also 100% recyclable. You will be able to recycle regular plastic only ONE TIME, and only max 10% mixed with the virgin plastic. WE SHOULD DEMAND THE USE OF BIO PLASTIC IN ORDER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP THE MOTHER EARTH!

Carlos White
Carlos White
  • Carlos White

Thank you for educating me. Could we pass this knowledge on to the people with the power to fix this?

Anne Romanow
Anne Romanow

If the stores would offer 5 cents off for each bag (canvas) used off purchase, stores could cut back on this plastic bag demand and have a campaign to buy canvas bags from their store free with x amount of dollars spent and reusing their bags would be .10 cents off per bag to motivate people using canvas bags. Remember when recyling bottles for soda worked well. Now everything is plastic sadly. This is workable and healthy for the environment too.

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