Plastic Grocery Bags, No Longer a Package Deal!
No Plastic Bag For You!
There is a conspiracy brewing out there. Right in my hometown, in my very own neighbourhood, and I am sick and tired of pretending that thats not what it is.
It started a long time ago, but it hadn’t really caught on the way some had hoped. The big grocery giant, Superstore, had started charging customers for plastic bags.
‘You want a bag for those groceries?’ the cashier would ask. ‘Pony up then, we’re trying to save the environment.’ She would joke. But it wasn’t really a joke.
I was incredulous the first time I had to pay for grocery bags, but what was I going to do? I realized right then and there how very important those bags were to me and my daily trip to the grocery store, so I approved the 5 cent charge for one bag.
Unfortunately for Superstore, I made a conscious decision to stop shopping there after that incident. Paying for groceries was expensive enough, having two children at the time, and 5 cents for every bag was highway robbery in my opinion.
Of course I understood the reason at the time. Save the environment! Plastics don’t biodegrade! And on and on. But I just wasn’t ready to make that sacrifice just yet.
Then, I began to hear of stores, and even whole towns making by-laws against plastic bags. Reusable bags were the way to go.
So while shopping around the liquor store for a weekend at the chalet, I wasn't completely shocked when the cashier told me they no longer used bags. But I looked at her questioningly, wondering how I would carry out 3 bottles of wine, a bottle of brandy, 2 bottles of rum, a baby, and 2 children without one of the bottles ending up smashed all over the pavement.
Not only was it difficult to manage juggling the bottles, it was more than a little embarrassing walking out with all those spirits. What were people thinking? Here was a mother of 3, arms loaded with alcohol, barely holding on to her infant car seat with two little girls trailing behind her.
I’m sure the consensus was ‘bad mommy!’
But wait, this no-plastic bag craze was just beginning. While shopping at the local grocery store, that had previously supplied bags, I was once again told that if I wanted bags, I would have to pay. 5 cents per bag, or I could buy an environmentally friendly, reusable bag for just 1 dollar.
The cashier looked sheepish, as if she didn’t want to charge me for them. I’m sure she had gotten an earful from other unhappy customers sick and tired of being charged for everything, so I smiled and told her to charge me for two bags.
And just like that, they lost me as a customer.
Listen, I’m not against saving the planet and doing what I can for the environment, but what about those people, like me, who used grocery bags for household garbage bags? Now I have to go out and buy plastic bags and they are expensive. So what are we saving in the end? No grocery bags means more people buying plastic garbage bags. It doesn’t add up.
Someone, somewhere has come up with a plan to make money off of us. We are the blind public and we have once again, been taken advantage of.
Garbage bag companies have probably increased sales ten-fold since this ridiculous ban. Not to mention those companies making the reusable bags. I have about 10 of those bags at home, but I always manage to forget them when I go shopping. So I buy another one.
You see where I’m going with this? I am almost positive that those bag-making companies have bet on the fact that people will forget, but that their environmentally-friendly conscience will force them to buy another one.
For sure there are those who take their bags religiously with them to the store, but I’ve got 3 kids to think about and reusable bags are not high on my list of things to bring with me. The item on the top of my list? Baby’s soother.
Do not forget soother ever!!!
Being environmentally friendly is part of my life too. I am a recycler. My recycle bin is twice as large as my garbage bin, and it is always brimming at pick-up, whereas, my garbage bin is almost always only half-full.
I do take the environment seriously. It is our responsibility to keep our earth clean. I just think we have let some marketing strategists pull the wool over our eyes and I, for one am not happy about it.
That is the conspiracy brewing in my town. And we have all been taken for fools.
Megan Ricci, Author
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