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The pointless exercise of banning single-use plastic shopping bags

November 2023

Well, now that my supply of “single-use” plastic shopping bags is running low, I recently purchased some Glad Kitchen Catchers to line the garbage cans in my house. Yay, I’m saving the planet by not using “single-use” plastic shopping bags anymore!!! This is just another perfect example of “Political Environmentalism,” not environmentalism that’s actually going to make a difference.

The assertion that electric vehicles are green is a complete lie. Besides the fact that their “zero emissions” claim is dependent on the generation source of the hydro used to charge the battery, the process for manufacturing the battery is heavily carbon intensive. Sure, E/Vs don’t have emissions coming out of a tail pipe, but they’re hardly “emissions-free.” As usual, are we just trading one problem for another?

Anyone who has used a paper straw in their drink knows that you’re lucky if they don’t dissolve into your drink before you finish it, but that’s not the worst part. As reported by CTV News, a recent study from Belgium¬†has discovered “paper straws containing poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals.”¬† In other words, paper straws have the potential to be toxic.

Getting back to the issue of shopping bags, mark my words, you heard it here first; a day will come when we are all told that the re-usable shopping bags we’re now all forced to buy are killing the planet, so we need to ban them as well.

It’s too bad that No Frills stores no longer leave the empty cardboard boxes at the front of the store to use, if you didn’t want to pay for their plastic shopping bags.

Sources: Study highlights concerning toxins found in paper straws | CTV News, Identification of immunotoxic effects of chemicals and assessment of their relevance to man – PubMed (nih.gov).

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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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