Of Plastic Bags and Bondage (or, “How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bag”)

The ubiquitous plastic bag, found everywhere from grocery stores to Best Buy, is in the news again.

bag-idiotsFirst of all, it seems that the Washington Post has endorsed a proposed “plastic bag tax” in Maryland, which is designed to lessen people’s use and desire for the item.

However, it seems they left out one rather salient fact in their endorsement:

“….the Post failed to mention is that the bill, SB 576 — entitled the “Community Cleanup and Greening Act of 2013 — specifically EXEMPTS plastic bags used to wrap NEWSPAPERS, an exemption which obviously favors the Washington Post company…”

Why, that certainly seems odd? I’m sure that the Post had NO idea that the exemption was even there…

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Elsewhere, the former mayor of Solana Beach, CA, has decided to recant her previous allegiance to the War On Bags. Courtesy of 10news.com:

Outside stores such as Vons in Solana Beach, customers look like they’re doing a juggling act of sorts, trying not to drop their items because they forgot their reusable bags and refused to spend 10 cents for a paper one.

“I don’t like it, carrying stuff, it’s ridiculous. You know you spend a lot of money you expect to have a bag, not pay for it,” said shopper Harold Vita.

Solana Beach resident Allan Morrison says he shops outside the city for the most part because of the ban.

He calls it an imposition. It’s the kind of complaint Vons employee Fawn Conard has become used to.

“They just say, ‘Oh, it’s 10 cents a paper bag? Well I’m not gonna pay for a paper bag for 10 cents. It’s ridiculous,” Conard says.

Former Solana Beach Mayor Celine Olson admits she initially backed the plastic bag ban and paper bag fee. Now, she feels the council’s decision is hurting the city both economically and environmentally.

“It’s needs to be reconsidered and I would like Solana Beach to be the first city that stops the trend,” said Olson.

Hallelujah! Another person wised up, upon seeing the wreckage and lies that always seem to accompany the Green Movement’s cause du jour. It’s not as if it’s much of a secret, of course.

We’ve covered this before (“Dear Green Police: Make up your mind, would ya’?“). Back then, I included a study from the UK that blew up a major myth in the Bag Brouhaha:

trash can bagAnother common talking point about supermarket plastic bags is that they are rarely recycled, but this argument ignores the fact that a large portion of supermarket plastic bags (40% in the U.K.) are reused as garbage pail liners.

Interestingly, the U.K. study found that it is better for the environment to reuse these bags as garbage pail liners, rather than recycle them. 

This is due to the environmental “benefits of avoiding the production of the bin liners they replace.”

Wonder why we never seem to hear this study being quoted in the news?

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Of course, the Eco-warriors have a suggestion for our grocery store use, much as they did back in the 80’s when they pushed us away from paper and toward plastic bags in the first place. What is this new, cutting edge idea? Reusable, CLOTH bags!!

Canvas bagSo, what’s wrong with that idea, other than it being far less convenient and more work for me? 

Plenty.

You need to constantly wash the bags, in order to keep them sanitary. This requires more energy and water usage, usually things that the Green movement rails against. And there also seems to be the little problem when folks, inevitably, fail to keep up with their basic, everyday “bag hygiene” regimen.

According to a study in 2011 from the International Association for Food Protection

Reusable bags were collected at random from consumers as they entered grocery stores in California and Arizona. In interviews, it was found that reusable bags are seldom if ever washed and often used for multiple purposes.

Large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and coliform bacteria in half. Escherichia coli were identified in 8% of the bags, as well as a wide range of enteric bacteria, including several opportunistic pathogens.

When meat juices were added to bags and stored in the trunks of cars for two hours, the number of bacteria increased 10-fold, indicating the potential for bacterial growth in the bags.

But hey, what’s a little E-Coli among friends, right? Especially when we have a planet to save  a nation to destroy!

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So come on, everyone: Do your part! Fall in line! Support your local plastic bag ban/tax, and pledge to begin using your reusable, cloth Bags-O’-Death.

We need to reject our old, outmoded ideas of “freedom” and “common sense”, and embrace the Utopia that our Leftist Betters are preparing for us.

They have our best intentions at heart, I’m sure.

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11 responses to “Of Plastic Bags and Bondage (or, “How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bag”)

  1. LivinRightinPGH

    It NEVER fails: Liberalism ALWAYS generates the exact opposite of its stated intent…..THIS is the problem you get when decisions are made on pure EMOTION and facts be damned. And I’m referring to REAL facts, not the things that the Left generates as substantiation to anything they want to do, but can’t back up with any CREDIBLE source….

    On a side note….when I was growing up in Florida, you couldn’t have a cloth bag or the “old school” paper bag without encouraging a nesting of what southerners like to call “Palmetto bugs”, which are really nothing more than 2″ cockroaches that can fly (well, the females can). And it didn’t matter how clean your house was. Unless it was hermetically sealed, you battled them. See, they LOVE eating the paper bags…….

    • I’m with ya’, Pgh. There are numerous advantages to the Plastic bags, many of which I agreed with back in the 80s, when the switch was made from paper.
      I find it not just a little ironic that it is the same crew telling us how bad the plastic bags are now, who were the ones that were warning of the horrors of using paper bags and pushing the photosynthetic plastic bags back then.

      Wait a few years, and they’ll be telling us of all the things that are wrong with the cloth bags, and how we need to switch to something else (wicker baskets, perhaps?)….

  2. I’m pretty sure my family is not the only one here in the US who uses the plastic bags as garbage pail liners, trash bags for cleaning out the car, handy-bags for disposing of soiled diapers, sacks for carrying mid-sized loads of library returns, disposable shoe covers, and so forth. Can you do all that with a cloth bag? Absolutely not!

    • They’re remarkably useful items, 247, I agree. And just for the convenience side, they cost almost nothing to make at this point.
      If you go back and read the piece I wrote last year, I give a bit more history of the plastic bag itself. Irony abounds with this topic…

      You’re right, partner: plastic bags have any number of uses. Which of course, means that they must be eliminated.

      Seriously: light bulbs, 5-gallon flush toilets, coal, oil, grocery bags, table salt, health care…
      Would be reeeeaal nice if the Left just stopped trying to “save” us, even for a week or two.

  3. Reblogged this on sally1137 and commented:
    Yet another example of Liberal Unintended Consequences©

  4. New from Glad, burlap kitchen trash bags! Environmentally friendly, biodegradable and each bag comes with a strand of rope for easy closing. Scented with lemon so your trash smells like trash….and lemons!
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    • I have no idea how I missed this comment when you left it, Hatfield!
      My apologies.

      Classic line: “..so your trash smells like trash….and lemons!
      Beautiful!
      🙂

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