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Montreal to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags as of 2018

Environment  (tags: montreal, plastic bags, leightweight plastic bags, biodegradable plastic, environment )

- 1244 days ago -
Ban applies to lightweight plastic shopping bags as well as bags that are biodegradable


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Sue H (7)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 8:56 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 10:26 am
Let me put some context to this article. I'm happy for Montreal doing the right thing, however I've been trying to understand the plastic bag phenomenon/insanity for a very long time. It should easy, right? It's a no-brainer, right? Wrong.

Do younger people(15-30)understand that the harmful effects of plastic bags on all sectors of our environment have been the subject of countless news stories(mainstream+Internet), well documented, studied, analyzed, and known by billions around the world who have seen on TV the floating islands of plastic flowing through the oceans for the PAST 35 YEARS?

This is the kind of story that - for some - depresses because it is so obviously overdue, and may be too late: think emerging economies China, India, Brazil, etc...etc.

Phytoplankton have recently begun eating the mountains of plastic bags in the ocean for the first time-changing their physiology and in turn they are eaten by bigger fish all the way up the marine and human food chain.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

"You will understand that our plan is the result of extensive analysis and thoughtful reflection," Coderre said. (Yeah, 35 years of extensive anal-ysis......while usage continues)

"Lightweight bags, which are used by the billions, are volatile and represent a clear environmental concern." (For 35 years, I've read the same PR bullshit: 'represent a clear environmental concern' --- no friggin' shit?!?)

The city is intentionally giving consumers, as well as the retail industry, nearly two years to adjust before the ban kicks in. (There you have it, 35 years isn't enough, lets add another 2 -- oh thank, kind city council, thank you)

You get the picture. To all 15-30 year olds out there, no need to save this article to file because you'll be reading variations of it for the next 35 years.

"I didn't say it would be easy, I said it would be the truth."

Animae C (508)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 4:56 pm
i want to see a total ban everywhere, NOW!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 9:32 pm
This is great--bravo Montreal! Now we need more cities each year to do the same. thx Lone

MmAway M (520)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:24 pm
Thank you Lone~ All I want to say is BAN THEM IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!

2018???? Nothing in the Ocean Alive????!!!
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