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  •  No. A Ban. (0+ / 0-)

    There are workable alternatives and success stories, the best way to end wars is to stop shooting.

    Outlaw production of plastic bags.

    Reuse/recycle/transform existing inventory.

    That said, charging for plastic bags as a disincentive is one stage of the process and has been/is being used effectivly in Ireland, China, Taiwan and numerous cities.

    In China, thin bags were banned from production and use last year with an immediate and profound impact. Thick walled bags are now required to be sold (no freebies) at a price I estimate to be 50-100x previous commercial value and very few people chose to do so. Durable, recylable, biodegradable cloth or paper bags are not taxed and very popular since they fold up neat and handy.

    When you are the one person in line that buys that expensive bag and everyone looks at you like a fools or worse, it helps you to remember to carry that reusable bag next time.

    But really, it strates with legislation to ban thin bags and this migh as well be a ban on all plastic bags becuse the alternatives exist.

    the world already has an inventory of plastic rubbish that could fuel incinerators for co-generation into the next century, let's cut the supply and let our great grandchildren figure out what to do on a planet without this junk.

    Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

    by koNko on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 11:47:56 PM PDT

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    •  My point wasn't about bags (0+ / 0-)

      It was about other plastics (clamshell packaging, for example), that are produced in great quantities and would not be covered by a ban on plastic bags.  But, thank you for your thoughtful reminder about using reusable bags. ( I have a flock of them by now.)

      •  Clamshells should be outlawed (0+ / 0-)

        Really terrible stuff.

        Recycled cardboard boxes do the same job at a fraction of the price.

        Laws can change this.

        Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

        by koNko on Sun Apr 12, 2009 at 09:42:10 PM PDT

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