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Plastic Madness - Will the World Ban the Plastic Bag?

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, plastic, protection )

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In recent events around the world stretching from India to the Coast of California the plastic bag is on the chopping block. Countries are starting to believe that plastic bags are the cause of so much pollution around the world and are now focusing

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Kit B (276)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:20 am

I had not read about this before, now the question would be how to know which type of bag the stores are using. I made tote bags from old clothes, jeans make a good solid carry bag.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:28 am
good idea there about the old jeans Kit......thanks for posting Cher....

I just hate plastic with a passion.....

Rae Nelson (47)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:44 am
Informative-thanks for sharing! I like the idea from Kit B. re making tote bags from old clothes,esp. jeans! Thanks

Kerrie G (116)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:08 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:57 am
I liked the last sentence....

Carol H (229)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:06 am
thanks Cher, noted

John De Avalon (36)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:19 am
They have introduced biodegradable plastic bags here in England. But still a waste of precious resources.
And there is talk of charging for plastic bags, which would make people more bag aware.

Reusuable bags are the only sensible solution.

Julie E (405)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:16 pm
Ban plastic bags for good!

John D (47)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:28 pm
I agree all plastic bags should be banned but the sad reality is if they were banned today we would have plastic residue in our oceans for decades and decades,,,

Winn A (179)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:32 pm
I don't know about the world. But, where I live in Bellingham Washington they are now banned so when you shop at Target or the local grocery store or whereever bring a reusable bag. If you don't you will be charged for paper bags and I'm all for it.

Hartson Doak (39)
Monday May 27, 2013, 12:48 pm
There is a plastic bag made from corn starch that biodegrades in a matter of days. There is no need for the oil based bags anymore.

Donna G (42)
Monday May 27, 2013, 2:02 pm
I used to work in a hospital in Florida back in the early 80s. There was one type of plastic bag which was red in color that was put directly into the commercial size washers with the soiled linens contained within it. This bag was water-soluble; but, before it was exposed to the hot water and detergent, it was as durable as any other plastic bag. I would prefer to not have a complete ban on plastic grocery bags; because I do reuse the quit often. Once, I even made a couple of tote bags out of used plastic grocery bags. It took at least 200 bags to make each bag. Most of the stores here do not even give shoppers a choice. The groceries are automatically put in plastic grocery bags. There is still one store where the cashiers offer the choice of paper or plastic. I reuse both, so for me, it doesn't matter which I take.

If you are a pet owner and have ever ordered anything from, then you will have experienced the companies packing peanuts. These peanuts are not the traditional white things that are a mess to clean up. Foster and Smith has these lovely light green peanuts that can be put into the garden. Through watering, these peanuts will completely disappear. I think those red bags from that hospital in Florida might been made from the same thing as the green packing peanuts from Foster and Smith.

Vita P (40)
Monday May 27, 2013, 2:04 pm
Avoiding any kind of plastic as much as possible...
Thank you for sharing.

Birgit W (160)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:26 pm

. (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:56 pm
I hope plastic bags will be banned. They are very harmful for the environment and animals.

Jeremy S (3)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:59 pm
I avoid using plastic bags wherever possible. However, paper bags may not be all that much better.

I take that back. They're infinitely better in that they will, in the end, begin to decompose. However, I read of a study that found 50-year-old newspapers in a landfill that could still be read. So I use a reusable bag whenever possible, as do, I imagine, most users of this website.

Somewhere, though, I did read of a study about plastic that was made of a material that, while it didn't biodegrade completely, at least split up into tinier pieces of plastic. Still leaving bits of plastic behind, yes, but less of it. It's progress, anyway. I wish I knew when I read that article, and where...

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:33 pm
Thanks Cher--again--good post.

Monday May 27, 2013, 10:16 pm
The sooner the better. Thanks Cher

cynthia l (207)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:41 am
Plastic bags are lethal. Insist on paper at the store or better yet take you own colth reuseable bag
They should charege for the damn plastic bags or rather pay a fine for using them

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:47 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 7:50 am
Noted, thanks

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 12:24 pm
We used to manage without them - we used big baskets or bags that we bought and used over and over. It's not difficult!

Shaheen N (64)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:59 pm
Its not only plastic bags but plastic packaging material too.

Ann B (60)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 7:39 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 7:54 am
It seems there are no easy alternatives, only that good environmental intentions coupled with bad information lead us astray. So we find that Ireland's plastic bag tax in 2002 almost completely eliminated the use of the targeted bags but also caused a 77 percent increase in the sale of kitchen garbage bags. Paper bags, very bad for the resources consumed, reusable bags, normally not reuse. But attempts to sooth guilty environmental consciences often have unattended consequences.

Patricia R (13)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:44 am
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