Why the bag ban will never work

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Opinion -

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

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