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I am fed up to the back teeth with the 'nanny' politics surrounding supermarket plastic carrier bags.
For months now I've researched the science, claims and counter-claims, and the bottom line is that, whilst we should all seek to conserve this world we live on and reduce our consumption of resources, the focus on an absolute ban of (so-called) single use plastic carrier bags is a totally disproportionate distraction from the the environmental matters that people should be getting steamed up about.
loading their jute bags into a brand new Toyota...
The reality of life is that while I take re-usable bags with me if I know I'm going shopping, many's the time I shop on the spur. On one such occasion recently, I walked out of Asda leaving over £100 of printer cartridges at the till because they wouldn't give me a bag.
At the same store a few months previously I stood behind a couple at the till and was served up a pious and overly loud diatribe about how damaging 'single use' bags are and how people who use them are irresponsible. As I walked out the store with my 'single use' bag to get the bus home I espied my couple loading their jute bags into a brand new Toyota Landcruiser.
Can the anti-bag 'police' just pipe down ...
Please can the anti-bag 'police' just pipe down a bit and let some balance and proportion come back into the debate? Let's focus on industrial pollution. Let's focus on air travel pollution. Let's focus on vehicle pollution. Let's focus on the 99.6% of landfill waste that ISN'T plastic bags.