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

17 Responses

  1. homeworld says:

    Pollution rocks!

  2. showme789 says:

    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.

  3. john14 says:

    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? Maybe those bodies in the river were also because of plastic bags?

    To hell with them all.

  4. beyondee7 says:

    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 working for them, they don’t deserve being insulted.

    • hoboken411 says:

      @beyondee – so your inability to limit your “accumulation” of bags is reason to take offense to me? Some people call that affliction “hoarding.”

      You know what happens when I feel I’m “over-stocked” on plastic bags? I throw them out!

      PS – another great reason to keep extra plastic bags on hand is for shopping at places that don’t have ANY bags (like BJ’s or Costco). You can toss a bunch in the trunk of your car, too.

    • mf10210 says:

      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 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 working for them, they don’t deserve being insulted.[/quote]

      • briank says:

        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 them, I am not sure what the issue is here other than some commenters who probably believe the earth is flat and the sky is green just to be confrontational to the man. [quote comment=”223043″]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]

      • hoboken411 says:

        @briank – You pick on plastic bags because you’ve been brainwashed. You say the big bad word “petroleum” with actual hate.

        In reality, you should be saying “thank you” to petroleum, for products like these that you use daily: Your phone, tires (on the bus, car, bike), baby diapers, your eyeglasses, shower curtain, your (fake) hair color, ink pen (if you still know how those work), the roof above your house, your toothbrush, the water pipes in your apartment, sporting goods (tennis, golf, basketball, shoes), beer pong cups, ice cube trays, and of course, the Vaseline you might use to make it a bit easier on yourself as you get shafted by the mainstream propaganda.

        Instead – you pick a “socially acceptable” topic and skip along with the rest of the herd. No ruffling the feathers or deep thought allowed. Carry on!!

      • briank says:

        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 plastic is helpful to our society, we shouldn’t choose an option that is better for the environment for this particular area, better for the beauty of our landscape (how do these plastic bags look fluttering in tree branches for months on end?). So you claim because of the big picture regarding petroleum products I am ignorant. I would say just because we can’t solve every problem at once doesn’t mean we don’t take small steps individually to make a small difference, which multiplied by 300 million Americans using plastic bags every day. You are a defeatist. Or just an uncaring curmudgeon who doesn’t care what our planet will look like for our grandchildren. Oh that’s right- you hate kids too. It makes sense now![quote comment=”223050″]@briank – You pick on plastic bags because you’ve been brainwashed. You say the big bad word “petroleum” with actual hate.In reality, you should be saying “thank you” to petroleum, for products like these that you use daily: Your phone, tires (on the bus, car, bike), baby diapers, your eyeglasses, shower curtain, your (fake) hair color, ink pen (if you still know how those work), the roof above your house, your toothbrush, the water pipes in your apartment, sporting goods (tennis, golf, basketball, shoes), beer pong cups, ice cube trays, and of course, the Vaseline you might use to make it a bit easier on yourself as you get shafted by the mainstream propaganda.Instead – you pick a “socially acceptable” topic and skip along with the rest of the herd. No ruffling the feathers or deep thought allowed. Carry on!![/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        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 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 plastic is helpful to our society, we shouldn’t choose an option that is better for the environment for this particular area, better for the beauty of our landscape (how do these plastic bags look fluttering in tree branches for months on end?). So you claim because of the big picture regarding petroleum products I am ignorant. I would say just because we can’t solve every problem at once doesn’t mean we don’t take small steps individually to make a small difference, which multiplied by 300 million Americans using plastic bags every day. You are a defeatist. Or just an uncaring curmudgeon who doesn’t care what our planet will look like for our grandchildren. Oh that’s right- you hate kids too. It makes sense now![/quote]

  5. beyondee7 says:

    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.

  6. EastCoast says:

    I’ve been living in Austin the past year for work after spending my entire life in NY/NJ, and they have a plastic big ordinance here that it took me some time getting used to. Most places will only offer paper bags and if you bring your reusable bag you’ll get a 5 cent discount for each bag… Which is fine. But then other places if you forget to bring a bag cause you just ran out for something quick, places will sometimes charge you for one.. whether it’s paper or plastic. So most of the time i’ll just throw whatever i buy in my purse cause i do not want to pay for something they should just give me. So here’s to hoping this isn’t something that happens back home.

  7. Sweet Thunder says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Hoboken411. Why of all things, plastic bags? They can be used over and over are so easy to compact as opposed to other things. What about plastic baby diapers which are most certainly NOT reusable? Those diapers take over 300 years to decompose, and on average a baby uses more than 2000 diapers per year! Why are there no signs around beseeching the public to use cloth diapers? This whole campaign against plastic bags is ridiculous, and in fact I wonder if it is not some movement to penalize their use (as in Texas as one commenter mentioned) so people give up and pay 5 cents for bags so all that money can disappear into the government’s change purse.

  8. NYNJPA says:

    Footprint. Another liberal buzzword. Carbon footprint. Environmental footprint. Bullshit footprint. What they all need is a forehead footprint. Entire generations are ruined. Not environmentally. Just mentally.

    • briank says:

      Can someone please translate what this means to the issue at hand?[quote comment=”223057″]Footprint. Another liberal buzzword. Carbon footprint. Environmental footprint. Bullshit footprint. What they all need is a forehead footprint. Entire generations are ruined. Not environmentally. Just mentally.[/quote]

  9. animal_lover says:

    I have been using the same plastic bag for fifteen years. 😛

  10. homeworld says:

    We have to fight the plastic bags over there so why don’t have to fight then over here.
    Petroluem profits America’s enemies.

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