RING­ING IN CHANGES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

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

Ed­i­tor

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482984

Rot­tnest is­land Brindle Group gen­eral man­ager Dale Dwyer with re­us­able bags.

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