What do you tell friends who think banning the bag is ludicrous?

It’s hard to imagine that people would be opposed to banning disposable plastic bags, here in our little Bag It bubble.  Our hometown of Telluride, Colorado, is, after all, decorated with Tibetan prayer flags (adopted as a symbol for “enlightened” thinking), hosts zero-waste festivals and we can spot a tourist a mile away because they are carrying plastic shopping bags or water bottles.

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

Far, far below us (only literally – we live at 8,750 feet), however, lies a different situation.  People in some cities live their lives without information about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the environment.  People find themselves too busy to make adjustments to their lifestyles (like bringing utensils and water bottles or re-useable shopping bags).

Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, Canada, finds bag-banning “ludicrous”.  Maybe some of your friend and family do too.  The Toronto Star gives us ten good reasons to ban the bag, facts that you can pass along to the naysayers in your life.

We particularly like #7: You’ll feel better cleaning up after your dog. Disposable plastic bags are notorious for breaking, especially after you’ve picked up after your pet. Now you will have a reason to start using sturdier bread, bagel, and all the other plastic bags you usually throw out.

What do you tell friends who think banning the bag is ludicrous?




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5 Responses to What do you tell friends who think banning the bag is ludicrous?

  1. kathleen says:

    I find that people are either very fascinated by the idea of plastic free (and zero waste) or so not in tune with the topic that they don’t even comment when I try to discuss it. Like me when people want to talk organized religion. I

  2. Shelby says:

    what i tell my friends is this: ” In the united states alone 60,000 plasttic bags are produced every 5 secs. Every 5 mins. in the united states 2 million plastic water bottels are produced.” then they normally believer me. and SOMETIMES i say to adluts, after that, “think of how much oil that takes. fill all the water bottels 3/4 of the way full with oil in a case of water. thats how much it took to make, and label and ship those water bottels.” and then their jaw drops or they start asking questions. and then i answer the ones i can with the orrect answer that i know and the other questions i say, ” honestly i dont know” if i really dont know and if i have an idea, i will express the idea to them. i am 12 and trying to get plastic bags banned in st. louis MO. think i can do it?

    • bagitmovie says:

      Hi Shelby,
      It sounds like you are taking a great approach to educating people, and we think you can DEFINITELY ban the bag in St Louis! Send us the information about your campaign and we’ll help out any way we can!

  3. Laura says:

    Hi Shelby, I live in St. Louis City. I would like to get bags banned as well. Reply back if you’d like to share information.

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