Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Plastic shopping bags will soon be banned in Bellingham

Reusable bags have sure improved over the years. They are preferable to the plastic or paper. Reusable bag pictured above.

Back in the 1980s, when plastic bags were fairly new, people started worrying about their environmental impact. I remember writing a letter to the editor defending plastic bags against paper bags. As a non driver, I liked the plastic over paper since paper crumbled in rain and tore easily. That was from the perspective of a non driver. Most environmentalists who worried about the bags still drove cars.

Back then, reusable bags were coming out also, but I think I remember some were $10. Now the reusable bags have gotten cheaper and better so I can withdraw my support for plastic bags.

1 comment:

Clark said...

The best reusable bags are made of nylon and fold up very small and you can shove them in your pocket.
I've seen them sold in fancy places for $8 but you can get them at a Japanese dollar store for $2. Well worth it.

Those fibrous bags you get at most stores are really bad and tend to get rips in them after too much use. Then you have to throw them away.