WE STILL NEED PLASTIC BAGS
I read with interest the recent contributor who opined on the fruitlessness of our county ban on plastic bags. I wholeheartedly agree, but for an entirely different reason.
You see, like most responsible dog lovers, we take our canines for frequent walks to let them sniff out their surroundings and to relieve themselves. For years, we had relied upon those handled grocery store plastic bags to secure and transport the deposits — all without incident.
Here’s the problem. Our neighborhood grocery stores have been guilted into the recycling myth and no longer offer paper or plastic — only environmentally-sensitive paper.
Paper bags may save the planet, but they simply do not work for doggie deposits. Ask any dog owner. Our enviro friends quickly point to the exemption provision authorizing handleless doggie litter bags. The problem is that the approved bags are designed for a dog the size of a hamster — mine are 80 pound labs.
Rather than fight Town Hall, we have resorted to hoarding old grocery store plastic bags with handles. Youmay be surprised as to how many friends and neighbors have a stash. Those sympathetic to our plight have graciously gifted many of them to us. As our garage fills to capacity, my thoughts have turned from necessity to opportunity. Given the number of dog walkers in our community, we plan to start a little Bluffton cottage industry. We will call it The Bag Lady.
Only in America. – Joel Rudicil Bluffton