Assault on Plastic Bags

Cui Bono? The unwarranted assault on plastic bags

a bad use for plastic bagsGod, this is right up there with the assault on the R-word!

Another group of “useful idiots” recently launched a campaign to “reduce plastic bags” in Jersey City.

What is “reduce” plastic bags anyway? Doesn’t even make sense!

Here’s a snippit from their press release: “ReUse Jersey City’s sole goal is to rid Jersey City of disposable paper and plastic bags and replace them with sustainable, reusable bags. Single use bags litter the city, cost the City money to clean and dispose of, clog storm drains, and kill marine animals. ReUse Jersey City incentivizes reusable bag usage through a free smartphone app that directs donations to local charities whenever residents forgo using a single use bag.”

(oh God, they had to drag the magic keyword “charity” into this mind-meld too, didn’t they…)

Anyway… WE ALREADY RE-USE PLASTIC BAGS EVERY FUCKING DAY!

Shoprite grocery bags are used for garbage all over the house (kitchen, office, bathrooms), and any other bags we have left are used to pick up dog poop! In fact, when checking out – I try to take 10 or 20 extra bags! (Thank you very much!)

So who benefits by using those hokey “reusable shopping bags?” I don’t know about you – but I believe this “feel good environmental bag movement” must have been covertly sponsored by companies like Glad or Hefty. Who else would benefit from the increased sales of “regular” trash bags?

Every time I see someone with one of those re-usable bags, I shake my head – wondering what else they were unfortunate enough to get duped into. (I bet I can sell a “green” bridge to one of them… haha!)

Hooray for plastic bags in Hoboken NJ

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17 Comments on "Assault on Plastic Bags"


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1 year 9 months ago

Pollution rocks!

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showme789
1 year 9 months ago

I have to agree with the writer. I re-use the shop rite bags for trash all the time. As we all know, those bags are paper thin and will degrade much faster than the standard Hefty or Glad bags. If I don’t have access to the bags I get from the grocery store, I’ll have to buy trash bags anyway and they won’t be re-usable. Sometimes people just don’t think.

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john14
1 year 9 months ago

Talk about brainwashing. Just because someone says it does not make it true. This statement made me sick: “Single use bags litter the city, cost the City money to clean and dispose of, clog storm drains, and kill marine animals.” As if there is no other litter than plastic bags. How can they single out plastic bags as the biggest baddest litter offender? What about the fast food restaurants? I see cups, bags, paper wrappers all over the place (McDonald’s, Wendy’s). Are they going to suggest you bring your own plates and silverware to Burger King next? Kill marine life?… Read more »

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beyondee7
1 year 9 months ago

I take offense to “Every time I see someone with one of those re-usable bags, I shake my head – wondering what else they were unfortunate enough to get duped into.” I was finding that I was accumulating far too many plastic bags than I could use for trash, so I use re-usable bags for regular grocery shopping, and still end up with enough plastic bags for household trash (from when I stop at a store on the way home, etc, when not having the re-suable bags). It’s one thing to argue about regulation, but if someone finds reusable bags… Read more »

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mf10210
1 year 9 months ago

beyondee7 I have your back. If found this post to be ignorant and insulting. And why use an oversized grocery bag for dog poop when you can support your local pet stores and purchase the small biodegradable poop bags. [quote comment=”223039″]I take offense to “Every time I see someone with one of those re-usable bags, I shake my head – wondering what else they were unfortunate enough to get duped into.” I was finding that I was accumulating far too many plastic bags than I could use for trash, so I use re-usable bags for regular grocery shopping, and still… Read more »

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briank
1 year 9 months ago

It takes a special type of curmudgeon to be on the side of “lets use lots of plastic bags and make fun of people who use re-usable bags”. Plastic bags are made from petroleum products and when in a landfill can take 500 years to decompose. Per science.com, this is because the type of plastic used can be broken down fairly quickly by sunlight ( about a year), but there isn’t too much sunlight in a landfill of course. Given that re-usable bags can carry more, have more comfortable handles, don’t ha te environment in the creation or disposal of… Read more »

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briank
1 year 9 months ago

411- We do what we can to reduce our environmental footprint. I have no problem with the amazing things that we have today- i am no Luddite despite your attempt to label me as such, nor do I have my head in the sand. I recycle my phone for not only the plastic but the heavy metals included in electronics because why not? It’s easy. Our tires are also recycled and used for other rubber products. There are many consumer products that can and should be avoided or recycled if you have to use them. But by your reasoning because… Read more »

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animal_lover
1 year 9 months ago

With quite a few Hobokenites having children in forties and fifties they will not be long alive for their grandchildren. But I am sure they will hear about your green stories. Take a reusable bag along it doesn’t hurt. But by the looks of recycling days we are doing our share of garbage production especially with all the prepackages foods.[quote comment=”223055″]411- We do what we can to reduce our environmental footprint. I have no problem with the amazing things that we have today- i am no Luddite despite your attempt to label me as such, nor do I have my… Read more »

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beyondee7
1 year 9 months ago

I’m simply trying to avoid accumulating bags that WON’T be reused by me and end up in the trash. Are you saying there is something wrong with that? I’m not saying I agree that plastic bags should be eliminated, just that there is nothing wrong with using re-usable ones as well. I wasn’t ‘duped’ into anything; it just makes sense for me.

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