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Blogging buddy Squawkfox (I love her blog, and you will too) wrote a post on 50 reasons to stop using plastic bags.

So good was the post that MSN money picked it up! Yaaaay, Squawkfox!

I thought it was a great piece and frankly, a no-brainer, ie., why wouldn’t we use canvas bags for shopping?

Well some of the 200+ commenters on her post didn’t agree:

  1. I don’t care whether or not my plastic bag will be around 50 years from now.  Really, I don’t.  Let’s concern ourselves with how to turn our economy around and get inflation under control.  The media loves to jump on a “fad” until the next one comes along.  Give me a break!
  2. If plastic bags are banned how the heck am I going to pick up my dogs business in public places?? paper is not suitable..maybe I can carry a roll of saran wrap for collecting  that crap or better yet put a diaper on the dog… oh wait, that also made of plastic.. damn I guess I better get rid of the dog… now about the catbox ….
  3. well, too bad.  i need them for my trash can.

You get the idea.  And there were quite a few like this sprinkled in the mix.

Wow – I guess I’m more left-coast than I thought.  I don’t get it.  Why isn’t using canvas bags a no-brainer?

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  1. In a word, convenience. Not using plastic bags is one less thing to think about. Many people are just overwhelmed by the daily grind. Sad but true.

    Here are two bags that are better than canvas though. Both reuse plastic. See



    Jul 26, 2008
  2. Yeah, my brain is still boggled with the negative feedback regarding my 50 freaking reasons to sack plastic bags. So far the story on MSN has 379 comments and over 70K views. Apparently, people are passionate about plastic. Thanks for being boggled along with me. ;D


    Jul 27, 2008
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    I have to admit that I have canvas bags but have never managed to use them for my groceries. Most of my grocery trips are impromptu ones, on my way home from somewhere … so I don’t have the canvas bags with me. I do have a garbage bin (Simple Human! plug!!) that fits standard plastic grocery bags so I make good use of them. If anything, the thing I can’t understand is people BUYING plastic bags to throw away.

    And when available I’ll ask for paper bags and use that to collect my paper recycling. This way I can bring the recycle the entire bag and contents when it’s full.

    I guess that puts in me in excuse group #3 … but I am still trying to do my bit!!


    Jul 29, 2008
  4. A ban on plastic shopping bags is like “spitting in the wind”. Let’s all have a reality check folks! I am all for cleaning up our environment. However, singling out one source of plastic waste is absurd! All of you out there that are standing on your “soapboxes” calling for the ban of plastic shopping bags have no clue what effect that would have on the hard working Americans that produce these bags including the pyramid of suppliers and companies that support the manufacturers. The next time you are at the checkout line or strolling through the aisles of your local supermarket or convenience store, just stop for moment and take notice of all the items, wrapped, packed, stacked and labeled with plastic. I would have to make very an un-scientific guess that maybe 80% of all items you are putting into your “demonized” plastic shopping bags contain or are solely protected/packaged by plastic. This includes items packaged within a paper box. Think about it. There is FAR MORE processed plastic products going INTO your shopping bag, then there is contained within the shopping bag itself. Let’s not forget that we throw this all out into a big black heavy garbage bag. A plastic shopping bag ban is a total waste of time! The only sane option should be an enforceable plastic bag recycling program. ALL PLASTIC! Thank you for taking the time to read my post. For anyone that is in need of recyclable plastic bags or reusable shopping bags, please visit http://www.isellpackaging.com Global Packaging Solutions manufactures and sells a wide variety of environmentally friendly retail packaging products. All which are recyclable.


    Jul 24, 2013

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