Memoriam for a Plastic Bag

bags After reading this article (and hearing the hype leading up to it) I have to say- goodbye pink plastic bag from Chinatown. It’s how I found my bus stop, by watching Chinatown shoppers with their pink bags. It’s so trademark SF with its happy “have a nice day” printed on it. The crinkly sound from the black bag that my local liquor store finally branded- Magic 7- reminded me guiltily that I had forgotten to carry my canvas Trader Joe’s bag everywhere. While we’re talking about TJ- now my odds at winning a free 25$ shopping spree in the bag raffle are really, really bad. OK I guess I should be a little more happy at our progressive eco government, beyond my own penny pinching. Go SF! Go Mirakami! Goodbye pink bags.

photo is from baltimore- evidence of where bags end up, on beautiful deciduous forest areas, rivers, etc.

8 Comments so far

  1. TinMan (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    Our state’s highways are littered with plastic bags. It’s really ugly and sad. This state used to be so much cleaner.

    As someone who participates in local beach cleanups — usually through the Surfrider Foundation, I will not be sad to see plastic bags go away.

    (Admittedly, I pick up far more cigarette butts than anything else, but complaining about smokers will undoubtedly unleash a flood of …)

  2. wuteva. (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    No, the pink bags won’t go away. This ban is only targeting Big major grocery stores like Safeway, whole foods Etc… I think this ban is SHIT.

    Most of the bags on the street will remain there. Half the streets I live on don’t even get cleaned so that could be a reason why there are bags on the street. Also if there were less homeless in this stinky city, then we would have less trash on the streets.

    I use my plastic bags VERY well. Every time i shop I store them away and use them as garbage bags. Now I have to buy EXTRA bags to throw my garbage out. I even use the green canvas Whole foods bag for my groceries, but if I am running low on garbage bags at home I opt for plastic instead.

    Who invented the paper bag. They suck. They always break and they are impossible to carry without hurting your hands.

    This is SHIT. Makes me want to go nuts, seriously. I never heard of anything more retarded, stupid, ridiculous, dumb. Every other little store in the city will have plastic bags. We don’t even have major supermarkets in the city, where garbage on the streets are at their worst. So it won’t even change anything here. What the hell.

    What a joke.

  3. Charles r.Sears II (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    I use my plastic bags also as garbage bags,and also give them to my neighbor who uses them for garbage too.We are very good about saving them and using them.I also use the paper bags with handles from Cala and Trader Joe’s for trash and storage..and if Safeway has to go to paper,I hope they go with this type with the handles built in.They are very convienient and old fashioned,but great for garbage and shopping and recycling.

  4. wuteva. (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    I can’t throw paper bags filled with trash down the garbage chute… Everything will get clogged….. That is why plastic is so convenient. They should not ban plastic until they have developed a convenient alternative, if they are so insistent on banning it…. Did they ever consult with consumers about this? Was there a vote I was not aware of? I guess I will have to go to Chinatown to get my stash of plastic bags to use as trash bags now.

    Note to self: Next time at Whole Foods stash a handful of plastic bags for safe-keeping, before the ban gets implemented.

  5. TinMan (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    Calm down.

    You can still buy plastic trash bags (which are arguably stronger anyhow). They’re just stopping the distribution of plastic grocery bags at major chains; you can still get plastic from the mom-and-pop shops.

    Less plastic is better. While it would be nearly impossible to live in a plastic-free world, reducing our “consumption” of plastic is a step in the right direction.

  6. anna (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    I love recycled art, and I was thinking of taking tons of plastic bags and making shower curtains out of them, either melting them toa big piece of plastic, or schlacking it. Anyways. Yet another great use for plastic bags (ones that were unfortunately already created): libraries have stashes of them to carry home your books, and in China we actually got our soups served up to go in little plastic bags (that was kind of gross).

  7. art (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    According to reports elsewhere, the Safeway on Church and Market hands out 125 million plastic bags every year. If 125 million less plastic bags in the world is SHIT, I’ll wallow in it!

  8. Nancy (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m hoping that the ban WILL extend from the major chains to the little shops. Sure, alternatives are less convenient, but what the hell is all this bitching about it? Take steps to ease up on our blatent destructive impact on our environment, even if it means you have to WALK your trash down to the bin.

    Besides, the ban allows for recyclable bags, and those are just as able to be used to cart out the trash as the old petrol-based ones were. So I wish everyone would quit over-reacting. Suck it up, shop with a collapsable reusable shopping bag, and learn to make less trash to begin with rather than complaining about how we’re going to have to pay for trashbags to throw it all away in.

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