Plastic Bag Warriors

Are you an (anti) plastic bag warrior?

I can understand the why you might want one (or more) of those organic re-usable bags they often sell at supermarkets and other retail stores. They’re certainly more “heavy duty” than ordinary paper or plastic bags that you’d fill to take your groceries home. We’ve utilized them when bringing food or supplies to a family member or party or camping trip. Because they serve a function, and are cheap enough not to “care” about losing or getting dirty.

But what about those people who use them for “social” reasons – like “saving the environment?”

I often see people schlepping their groceries home in Hoboken while lugging these “eco-friendly” bags. And they’re typically the same type of person. “Environmental Justice Warriors” is a good name. They’ve been coaxed into believing that “plastic is bad” and if they didn’t “do their part” to stop global warming (going on two decades of not warming at all – hence the “new” code name “climate change,”) the world would melt.

I can identify at least one similar trait amongst most of the people that bring re-usable bags to the market: “easy marks.”

They also donate to tons of charities, buy extended warranties on cars and electronics, support the latest “cause,” and can get suckered into almost anything if there’s a sad or scary story attached. They also look kind of lost, and wouldn’t have much identity if it weren’t for these social justice causes.

But the irony is great, because since they don’t have those ultra-convenient plastic shopping bags (which are 100% perfectly “re-usable” for trash), these eco-warriors now have to purchase PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS to put in their sacks as well! That must really burn them up! Give up “free” garbage bags and have to “buy” the same kind of bag they were tricked into refusing. How do they manage it? Cognitive dissonance?

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4 Comments on "Plastic Bag Warriors"

beyondee7
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beyondee7

You’re making pretty broad generalizations (kind of like the ‘mainstream media’ you like to mock so much!). Personally, I use reusable (not necessarily ‘organic’) bags for planned shopping, and if I’m stopping at the store on the way home & don’t have them with me I’ll get plastic bags. So I always end up with enough plastic bags to re-use for trash. But I don’t end up with so many plastic bags that they end up in the trash themselves without being re-used. I’m not pushing for banning of plastic bags or anything like that, but generally like to avoid being wasteful.

briank
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briank

Plastic bags are made petroleum. They take 10-20 years to degrade in a landfill. They fly around in the breeze and end up in trees etc. Please give me one reason why it is bad to use less plastic bags and instead use a canvas bag of some sort other than “you are a sheep following the government” or some BS. Stop being an uninformed contrarian just to be a contrarian.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

The reusable bags are better simply because the had longer handles allowing you to put them on your shoulders. I find this makes for a more comfortable walk instead of multiple plastic bags digging into my fingers until blood flow almost completely ceases reaching my fingertips.

1118
Member
1118

I feel bad for them, as they are victims of society. Not much you can do.

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