I am one to contribute to the betterment of the environment but I believe in plastic. There has been a big push from environmentalists who have sold the idea of the reusable shopping bag for your groceries.
I understand the logic behind it by reducing the amount of plastic bags that end up in our landfills. But what they did not tell you was how to make sure you are using the bags correctly by washing them after every use. Check out this stat:
In a 2011 University of Arizona study of 87 reusable bags, researchers noted a large number of bacteria in nearly all the bags and E. coli in about 8 percent of the bags.
I started looking into this when I heard of the ban for January 2013 were all plastic bags will be banned from grocery stores, and how even the mayor of Toronto is against this.
I can’t say that I disagree, I do have reusable bags but they more often make great extensions of my luggage for going to the cottage then use for carrying groceries. I like the convenience of having bags available for me at the store, not just that I find more use for a plastic bag. (dog owners you know what I mean)
I say let’s go back to the good old paper bag, it is used once, and it is recyclable. I guess this means that we can also go back to someone bagging for us too!
Let me know what you think, paper, plastic or reusable?
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