On the Montreal local news tonight, there was a segment talking about our Mayor Denis Coderre wanting to make Montreal a green city, which will involve banning plastic bags. So when people go grocery shopping there will be no more plastic bags in which to put their groceries in. While I am all for protecting and bettering the environment and do see this side, I also see this: I reuse all plastic bags for garbage. They are saying that the plastic ends up in the landfill and stays in the environment permanently. However, even if the stores no longer give out plastic bags for groceries and other purchases, what then? Will we get paper bags? I mean, I fully understand that it is good and wise to recycle, and I do this myself as much as possible and consider myself to be a concerned citizen for both animals and people. However, people buy the large green or black plastic bags for the purpose of throwing out their garbage anyway, so what's the point? Let me make it clear that grocery stores stopped the paper bags here decades ago.
Now, if they opt for using paper bags instead, this is great, as this was done way before the plastic bags ever came out. However, I do see a problem with the paper. It cannot be reused for garbage when it is raining or snowing. If food has touched it, it cannot be recycled. I use one of those fabric shopping carts on wheels when I go to the grocery store, as it saves me from having to carry heavy and many things...and I take the bus and do not have a car. However, we must also be careful with these fabric shopping carts as well, as they cannot be washed, and if meat juices and other such foods get into it there can be health issues, which is why I still carry a couple of plastic bags inside of it where I can put my groceries.
Yes, I am a deep thinker, very detail oriented, and I have really thought this thing through before typing it and sharing it with you all. Another thing I am thinking...when you go to the grocery store and purchase fruit or vegetables, you need a plastic bag to put them into, or else all the apples, oranges or whatever else you buy, by the time you get to the cash will take a long time to put together and ready for the cashier to weigh and charge the adequate price.
One last thought: I think it would be more profitable if they (the plastic manufacturers) came out with plastic bags that disintegrate within a reasonable period of time, such as a few months, this way there would be less plastic in the landfill.
So, what are your thoughts on all this? Thanks so much for listening. :)
The videos I have chosen for this post are:
A Just for Laughs Gag/Juste pour Rire
Le Jardin - Kevin Kern (amazing new age music)
You Should Know - Honesty
Colour Therapy: Orange
For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.