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Plastic Bag Addiction

As a habit I carry re-useable bags for shopping. They’re useful for lots of other things too.

Last week, Scotland became the latest country to make a charge for plastic bags in shops.

The key reason for me to want to stop accepting bags is because they escape into the natural world and kill animals particularly sea life when they accidentally ingest them.

But

So many people feel that bags are an essential part of life.

It’s like an addiction.

One thing people often say is that bags are important to use as garbage bin liners and that this is a good option for shopping bags.

Here’s a simple suggestion to combat that idea. And I got it from my mum!

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The bin is lined with a newspaper. No more worries about plastic at all. This is the bin for biodegradable kitchen waste so the paper will be helped along no bother!

NaBloPoMo 9/30

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20 comments on “Plastic Bag Addiction

  1. Jill's Scene
    November 11, 2014

    Now that’s a clever idea!

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    • Helen
      November 11, 2014

      My sentiments exactly – and much cheaper than biodegradable bags, which are probably not as biodegradable as claimed, anyway!

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      • lizard100
        November 11, 2014

        Thry take a cery ling time and only degrade when in a high temperature compost environment for a long time.

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      • Helen
        November 11, 2014

        That’s been my experience, too!

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  2. ladyofthecakes
    November 11, 2014

    I must admit… I’m a bit sceptical about the newspaper bin liner 😉

    But, anyway, this plastic bag issue drives me to distraction. In Germany, they usually ask you, in the shop, whether you need a bag or not, and often they charge. I’m happy to pay, if I haven’t got a re-usable bag already with me.

    In Spain and in the UK, they never even ask, they just shove it, however minute the purchase may be, into a plastic bag, even if you’re already carrying two or three and clearly do not require another one. How crazy is that?! There needs to be a simple shift in mindset, and it’s just not happening. //rant over//

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    • Joanna
      November 12, 2014

      I find it really frustrating that people never ask if you want a bag here in the UK either. When I worked as a shop assistant, I always made sure to ask, but it doesn’t seem to occur to most people :-/

      (Rant all you want, this is a favourite rant of mine too!

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      • ladyofthecakes
        November 12, 2014

        Many moons ago, I worked in a health food shop in North London, and we only used recycled bags. Customers used to bring them in 🙂

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      • lizard100
        November 12, 2014

        Genius!

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      • lizard100
        November 12, 2014

        Yeah! Ranting is good!

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  3. expatlingo
    November 11, 2014

    I like the idea of fewer plastic bags, but how do you put the rubbish out on the curb for the weekly collection?

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    • lizard100
      November 11, 2014

      We have huge wheely bins.

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      • expatlingo
        November 11, 2014

        Nice! My street in Utrecht has no wheeelie bins so all the rubbish gets put out in black plastic bags…

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      • lizard100
        November 11, 2014

        Dislike. Thats terrible. Ours now have a chip to start weighing the rubbish. I hope they start to do it soon.

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      • lizard100
        November 11, 2014

        We only pyt our bibs out once a month or more though.

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  4. OmniRunner
    November 11, 2014

    We re-use our plastic bags for trash, and I’m not sure how the newspaper will work for trash. Often it is messy stuff and the newspaper would not hold together.
    We always use grocery tote bags but when we go to a the drug store or many other shops we often do not have out totes w/ us.
    I’m against the plastic bags, but getting a second use out of them avoids buying plastic trash can liners. I’d love to see a good substitute.

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    • lizard100
      November 11, 2014

      Ita a chalkenge to keep it all clean and practical.

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  5. Grower
    November 11, 2014

    Stores handing out plastic bags by the armload is the default here. We carry reusable shopping bags to the grocery store but still end up with many from other places. It makes no sense to not take reusable bags everywhere, but we just never did! I’m going to try to change that.

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    • lizard100
      November 11, 2014

      Well done. Its hard when the store culture is so throw away.

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  6. Rambling Woods
    November 12, 2014

    Very clever

    Liked by 1 person

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