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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