(From Natural News)
Banning plastic bags harms humans in many ways. Plastic bags are a very useful part of our lives:
- make it easy to carry a number of small items
- they are strong and lightweight
- they are cheap and disposable, so no problem if you lose one or can't find it
- they are easy to get - the supermarkets give them out with groceries
- they are a by-product of oil, which would otherwise just be burnt off
- they fold down to almost no space in the drawer
- they are absolutely wonderful for camping and picnics, particular for stuff that might get wet as they are reasonably waterproof
Plastic bags are a small invention but they make our lives just a little bit easier. Banning them makes our lives just a little bit harder, and for no purpose at all.
I avoid Bunnings because of their silly plastic bag policy. Last time I went I bought about 12 little items, and was refused a plastic bag for them. They actually offered me a large eco-bag instead. I left the goods in the end, and haven't been back.
The mindless enviro-nuttiness that we often hear at the supermarket or see in marketing material often makes me think we have walked into a church. Imagine having Christian sermons preached to us at the supermarket? Who would stand for that? Yes this environmentalism is no different.
- don't harm animals
- take up a minuscule portion of landfills (0.2%)
- make up much less of the bulk of litter than do other types of rubbish
- are a by-product of oil anyway (note the recent oil find in the North Island where they burnt off a load of polyethylene gas because they weren't set up to capture it)
- have less than 1/100 of the material of 'eco-bags' (which are also made of plastic!)
In terms of recycling, it is much easier to re-use a plastic bag a few times than to re-use a eco-bag a few hundred times. Yet unless you re-use the eco-bag at least 100x more than the plastic bag, you are actually making things worse!
Also see a few of my previous posts on this