one is bad but two even worse
by sylvia purita
(new york, ny)
This just ain't my bag
I have been recently outraged by the way the supermarkets ignore the impact of plastic bags on the environment. Each time I go to do my shopping I see other people's (I bring my own shopping bag with me) grocery packed in enormous, and by all means not necessary, amount of plastic bags. these plastic bags can be seen everywhere around the supermarket area littering the street, flying in the air, etc. (Think: American Beauty)
I think that it is a good idea, introduced first by state of California, to charge people for each plastic bag they use. Money, as we all know can be very effective tool to motivate people to change their behavior. Barry's Response
- These plastic bags are now being banned in some cities. You could also ban the company's logo or advertising on these bags.
One Canadian retailer started charging customers a few cents for these bags (back in the 1980s). It's been effective to a large extent, and it could eliminate the need for government intervention if all companies did this.
Regarding the broader issue of plastic bag usage and related initiatives...
For many years, plastic bags have been a major environmental concern because of their impact on ecosystems. Several countries and regions have implemented measures to reduce plastic bag consumption.
Another example is California's plastic bag charge you mentioned. We're encouraging people to bring reusable bags and shop more sustainably. Plastic bag reduction initiatives have been implemented all over the world with encouraging results
in reducing plastic bag usage and raising awareness. It's inspiring to see people like you advocating for positive change and finding solutions.
However, some argue that these initiatives are not enough and that a total ban
on single use plastics is the only way to make a significant impact. Globally, single-use plastic reduction initiatives are making great progress. These efforts have definitely made a difference in reducing plastic usage and raising awareness about its environmental impact. It's important to acknowledge and celebrate these accomplishments.
The passion and dedication of those advocating for a ban on these plastics is inspiring. Taking on the issue comprehensively requires urgency and commitment. We can make more strides towards a sustainable and environmentally conscious society by embracing both incremental progress and a bold vision
for a plastic-free future. We can build a better future for our planet together, one step at a time.
Back in Canada
now: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been addressing the issue of plastics. As of 2021, his government plans to ban harmful single-use plastics like bags, straws, cutlery, and stir sticks. In his speech, Trudeau emphasized the need to reduce plastic waste and protect the environment.
In Trudeau's policy, companies are held responsible
for the plastic waste they generate, encouraging them to use more sustainable options. Furthermore, the government is promoting recycling and supporting innovative solutions to replace unnecessary plastics.
Trudeau has shown his commitment to environmental sustainability by taking a firm stance on plastic pollution. His efforts are aligned with the global movement to reduce single-use plastics. The Canadian government is leading the way towards a greener, more sustainable future with such determination and leadership.
In spite of the inconveniences, we expect to come out better on the other side.Search
this site for more environmental information now.