RINGING IN CHANGES
RECENTLY I was reminded of a time when not every household had a telephone.
A time when messages had to be delivered in person because there was no other option. It seems unrealistic that a time like this existed in my lifetime, given how much we rely on phones, particularly mobile phones now. Plastic bags will be the topic of that telephone story for generations to come with the impending ban of plastic bags from July 1.
I recently made an unexpected trip to the supermarket and didn’t have a reusable bag available.
I walked out of the store with two plastic bags and I felt dirty.
I felt like people were looking at me, judging me and considering what marine animal the bag would end up strangling. We’re ready for this plastic bag ban. Attitudes have changed thanks, in part, to retailers who have taken the initiative to either not supply or charge for bags well in advance of this legislation change.
The reality is, if you don’t conform before the final cut off at the end of June, you’ll be punished by having to cough up for something that was previously free. Yes, I can imagine a time when we’re telling our children and grandchildren that stores used to supply plastic bags – as many as you could fill – free. Finally, a change in this fast-moving world that makes complete sense and won’t be challenged… for fear of getting dirty looks. Denise S. Cahill
Rottnest island Brindle Group general manager Dale Dwyer with reusable bags.