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Stores should bring back paper bags

Barrie Advance

September 23, 2009

I’m
now thoroughly convinced that the idea of charging 5 cents for plastic
shopping bags is a flop; not a complete failure, but a flop. I’ll give
you my reasons, but first a little background into my shopping habits.

For
years, I’ve been shopping at places like No Frills and Price Chopper,
where they had the idea of charging for bags a long time ago. When
shopping at these stores, I would either bring my own plastic bags (not
reusable cloth bags, but plastic bags), use one of the cardboard boxes
they leave for you at the front of the store, or pay the 5 cents. I
would even bring my own plastic bags to other supermarkets and stores,
like A & P, Walmart or the local convenience store. If I bought
something I could easily carry, I would decline a bag.

I wasn’t
doing this to save the environment as I use shopping bags as garbage
bags. I was doing it because I had a mountain of plastic bags at home
and didn’t need anymore filling up the cupboards in my house. I would
even take some of them to supermarkets that had collection bins for
unwanted plastic bags.

Now I find myself with the opposite
problem of running low on bags for my trash cans. Although I have gone
out and bought numerous reusable cloth bags, any time I am in a store
that still gives out free plastic bags, I readily accept them.  Doesn’t
this seem counter-productive? Bottom line, I still need plastic bags in
some form or another. I can get by not using plastic bags in my
dry-waste trash cans, but the wet waste, including the kitty litter,
requires some kind of bag.

I think a better, more
environmentally responsible solution would have been to re-introduce
paper bags at shopping centres. Any one my age (40s and up) will
remember bringing groceries home in paper bags.

Wouldn’t that be the better way?

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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