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.
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?