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  •  WE banned them!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    james321, hooper

    I'm so happy that we banned them in Seattle.  It's just ridiculous.  

    I make sure to tell the people in the unincorporated area to the South that I don't come down there to get their flimsy plastic bags.

    I'm not a dick about it, but it's one of those political things that I make no bone about saying out loud.  

    If I'm in a store, I will say it loud enough to hear that we used to us 360 million of those bags a year in Seattle.  Imagine that.  And then I tell them how they are only used for about a minute or two each.  

    There is really no way to argue that it's a good idea to keep allowing the sale of those things.  

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 10:32:26 AM PDT

    •  I reuse them, where I can still get them (1+ / 0-)
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      otto

      If I don't get those bags from the grocery store (to carry home my groceries), one of the items more frequently found in my canvas reusable shopping bag would be boxes of actual plastic trash bags, wherein each bag contains several times the quantity of plastic.

      Materials science has advanced to the point where we could probably make these things out of some plant-based material that breaks down in water or UV light after a few days. But now we'll never know, because rather than legislate that the bags can't be made of plastic, we've just banned the bags outright.

      Unintended consequences.

      P.S. I bought a reusable "canvas" bag from Whole Foods. I don't know what it was actually made from, but after several weeks sitting in the sunlight in the rear deck of my car, it did in fact break down into a heap of green powder that I had to vacuum out. Now if only the plastic bags would do that, we wouldn't have a problem.

      "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

      by craiger on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:53:34 PM PDT

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      •  The plastics that break down in sunlight are (0+ / 0-)

        usually not exposed to sufficient sunlight anyway.  They just get buried.

        We're killing the planet.  We've used up our debating time.  It's time to back off from equivocating about destructive conveniences.  

        An tax the shit out of the oligarchy!

        Great diary!

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