Why the bag ban will never work
Well, here we go. I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone started on the “reusable” plastic bags.
The local ban on singleuse plastic bags , in a word, is ridiculous. It’s a feelgood ban, to say the least.
I’d advise the recent letter writer to take a look in her shopping cart for plastic. I’ll list a few: Bottled water. A 24-bottle package has 24 bottles, 24 bottle caps, and the wrap. All plastic.
Dishwashing liquid comes in plastic bottles. Bread is wrapped in plastic. Peanut butter comes in plastic. Jelly comes in plastic. When I was young, jelly came in glass jars and supplied us with drinking glasses. Soft drinks are in plastic bottles, and if you buy a pack of eight or so, the wrapping is also plastic.
Bottles of hand soap are ... you guessed it ... plastic. Look in your medicine cabinet. See all those bottles of pain pills, vitamins, etc? Yep, they’re plastic.
Milk comes in a plastic bottle. Your hazelnut coffee creamer comes in plastic. I’ll stop there. I understand the singleuse plastic bags are a nuisance. They’re all over the roadways and waterways and beaches. But people who throw out trash or allow trash to blow out of the backs of pickup trucks don’t care if it’s single-use bags. They’re still going to throw out trash of all kinds.
So, get a grip. Until the manufacturers go back to glass bottles for all of their products, the result is going to be the same. – Bud Cox Yemassee