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.
good plan Frank and good use also
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.
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.
if they do that to me a "snide "back Vietnam veteran with PTSD and I am vocal
We need to go back to paper!
STOP ! WHAT STOP BREATHING ? STOP TEXTING ? STOP WHAT NADIA
Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, it all takes over 1000 years to break down in the soil.
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
say no to plastic bags!!!
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... : ((
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.
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
Bags away! Everyone do your best to pitch in. Plastic is like so 50s, man.
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.
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!!
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!
Thank you for educating me. Could we pass this knowledge on to the people with the power to fix this?
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.