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May 23, 2008

Being green is in the bag when it’s shoved down our throats

The Seattle Times, Opinion, 05.14.08

So Seattle says: "I am greener than Longview and Tacoma and smarter than San Francisco. I will tax both kinds of disposable bag, pocket the money and make my citizens use a cloth bag."

I don't want to use a cloth bag. I don't want to carry the bag to the store, and I don't want to limit my shopping to the capacity of my bag.

What if I want to buy more? I can pay the 20 cents, but it is a punishment tax, a city-wagging-its-finger-at-me tax: bad, bad, bad.

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Wow. I just read the full article and am shocked at how selfish this man is. Even sadder is that he represents most of America. If reusing and recycling makes him change his lifestyle just one bit he won't stand for it. I wish people would stop thinking of themselves and instead what we can do better for the world in the long-run. "I don't want this. I don't want that" Well, get over yourself.

I would add more, but you've said it all Sara. He may represent most of America, but you are not alone either. "I don't want to bring a cloth bag to the store" boo hoo! bring a few cloth bags! what a concept! I bring 4 and it works out great. The cloth bags hold more and are much easier to carry! I've always hated how the plastic bags cut off the circulation in my hands if theres anything heavy in them. Bring your reusable bags into the store, throw them into your shopping cart, and then carry on as you normally do. It's really that simple! After putting my groceries away at home, I bring the bags back out to my car for storage until the next time I need them. I think it's best to keep them in the car, that way you will always be prepared, even when you don't think you are going to the store.

What about the option of not even having/allowing plastic/paper bags at all? That way, the responsibility and freedom of trasporting purchased food/itmes falls entirely on the consumer. No one has to tell anyone how to do anything; everyone is free to figure it out themselves...I don't think it matters, as long as it stops the consumption. Some may even save their old plastic bags and re-use them instead of throwing them away. Perhaps once anyone starts re-using SOMETHING in any small way, they slowly start to sense the values associated with unneccessary waste and consumption. I don't know, maybe.

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