Thursday, November 04, 2010

The end of plastic shopping bags and Freedom:

This article about the possible banning of plastic shopping bags makes one think a wholesale practice that is not good for the environment can eventually end.  Of course, we are not Canadians and we get very touchy about someone (the government) telling us what to do. 

What in these extraordinary times when our past environmental practices of pollution are catching up with us, are the alternatives?  How do we get the US population to understand the problem of plastic bags, or even care, and start using reusable bags? 

Many, many Americans won’t do it just because someone suggested living environmentally friendly annoys them.  It’s interesting.  Some day American are going to have to face a very vexing dilemma, that is, to examine what they consider their Freedoms and how to solve environmental issues.

I wonder how Canada will tackle this issue:

Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine - Bill seeks to ban plastic shopping bags in Canada As reported by Canadian Press, an Ontario MP has introduced a private member's bill that will seek to ban plastic shopping bags across the country. London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen said many Canadians have already switched to reusable bags or leftover shipping boxes that are made from recyclable cardboard. "I can remember a time when there weren't plastic bags and we managed very well," she says, then describing a recent trip to Europe where she saw people using portable shopping carts instead of plastic bags. (November 1, 2010) Headline News from Solid Waste Magazine

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