The plastic bag ban seems to be working

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Kate Hawkesby writes on Newstalk ZB: quote

I suppose it was only a matter of time before the inevitable jump in plastic bin liner sales. Right off the back of supermarkets banning plastic bags,  the free single-use ones anyway.

Most of us, especially those of us with kids or dogs, used these bags for rubbish, for sloppy scraps, for the kids’ dirty shoes or for doggy messes.

No amount of advice on how to make bin liners out of newspaper which basically involves some kind of modern-day origami is going to fill the plastic bag void.

At the end of the day, most people want to line their rubbish bins in a leak-proof capacity, and if they can’t do it for free via the supermarket bags, they are going to pay for it.

So is it working?

Well from a supermarket point of view, yes. end quote

So, as predicted, all the supermarkets have managed to do is to force people to buy plastic bags. Nice for the supermarket chain’s profit margins. But this is where the virtue signalling is identified for what it really is. You can still obtain plastic bags at supermarkets. You just have to pay for them. So, tell me how that is saving the turtles, or the planet? quote

The other heartening news here is that people are getting on board with plastic alternatives.

Sales of paper bags and paper straws have increased 150 percent.

The hipsters are buying compost bins.

Cafes are using stainless steel straws and rewarding those who bring keep cups for takeaway coffees.

So we are making baby steps in the right direction, (albeit still needing our bin liners.) end quote

I disagree entirely with all this. Paper bags will mean more trees cut down. None of these eco warriors seem to have recognised that, if there really is a problem with carbon emissions, then more trees are needed, not less.

The last time I tried composting I had an infestation of rats.

I will not touch a steel straw with a 10 foot pole because I do not believe they can be cleaned properly. Paper straws just cause the same problem as paper bags. And why are waxed paper straws less likely to get up the noses of turtles than plastic ones? quote

But when consumers are making decisions with their wallets, to support less plastic by buying paper bags and paper straws, then we are starting to get cut-through. end quote

Cut through by cutting down trees. Awesome. quote

And as more consumers demand less plastic, supermarkets will be forced to find more eco-friendly alternatives to the rest of the plastic wrapped goods lining their shelves. end quote

Hang on Kate. It was the supermarkets that forced the changes on us all, by discontinuing giving out plastic shopping bags. Are you now saying that the situation has turned around completely so that now the supermarkets will have to use less plastic because of customer demand?

What drivel.

Nothing is ever going to be as hygienic for food dispensation as plastic. Nothing comes close. We will see a rise in food poisoning over the next few years, as food contamination becomes rife. Reusable bags will harbour some pretty nasty bugs after a few uses, and contamination as a result of mixing different food types together for transportation is asking for trouble.

But this was all about saving money for the supermarkets. You can still buy plastic bags. They just don’t give them away any more.


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