Ban Plastic Bags? Walking The Dog Won’t Be The Same

Did you hear that California may ban plastic bags? It would be the first state to do it. What’s this world coming to?

I remember when the only choice at the grocery store was paper. Then came the question, “Would you like paper or plastic?” You were doing a good deed when you chose plastic because it meant saving a tree. I didn’t go over to the plastic side for years (despite growing up in Oregon, where some people would die to save a tree), but finally gave in. Now, they say plastic is bad for the environment. Environmentalists argue they’re tough to recycle and encourage oil drilling because bags are made from petroleum. Are these the same environmentalists who would climb and chain themselves to giant trees in Oregon to keep them from being chopped down? I had to cover these “protests” as a young reporter.  Here’s how one encounter started:

  • Me:  (yelling) “Hey, what’s your name?”
  • Protester:  (100 feet up in a tree) “Ima.”
  • Me:  “Ima what?”
  • Protester:  “Ima Wood.”

See what I had to go through?  I’m a little off topic, aren’t I.  To be fair, here’s how paper and plastic stack up side by side (I got this from

To make all the bags we use each year, it takes 14 million trees for paper and 12 million barrels of oil for plastic. The production of paper bags creates 70 percent more air pollution than plastic, but plastic bags create four times the solid waste – enough to fill the Empire State Building two and a half times. And they can last up to a thousand years.

Okay, let’s say California bans plastic and the rest of us follow suit. Has anyone ever thought what that would really mean? Think about all the uses for that plastic bag:

  • Picking up dog poop
  • Putting dirty diapers in
  • Trash can liners
  • Liners for cat litter
  • Store dirty clothes in while traveling
  • Handy barf bags
  • Make-shift rain hat
  • Wiper blade covers in the winter
  • Covers for parking meters (and writing “broken” on them) when we don’t feel like paying

So there’s a lot riding on this proposed plastic ban.  Think about that the next time you take Brutus for a walk.  Which one do you want when he takes that potty break?  Paper or plastic?

One Comment on “Ban Plastic Bags? Walking The Dog Won’t Be The Same

  1. Pingback: The Plastic Bag Lives On! « In the Noozroom

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