Sunday, May 3, 2009

Plastic bag deprivation

Isn't it funny how the removal of plastic bags from the human food chain was first mooted to save the millions billions of animals which die from ingesting the bags every year day.

Now they're talking about keeping the plastic bags, which weigh grams and take up very little space, out of landfill.

I smell something really fishy.

How can I protest when a supermarket I prefer to shop in decides that I can't have plastic bags?

They want to force people to use the petrochemical never degrade ones, or buy cornstarch ones which cost 85 cents each (for example in Aldi).


Mehaul said...

We put our kitchen rubbish into the plastic bags from shopping and use between 12-20 every 7 days. If they ban them we'll buy them. Only a few bucks a week but that's over $120 a year and they'll end up in the dump. It's another emotional leftie green argument that has their heads tilting right over. The best example of this stupidity is the green geek who runs the Courier Mail green blog. Check his head tilt before you read his mighty mind. His only argument in support of all things green is that the UN and the IPCC have made the law, therefore there is no alternative point of view. It's as simple as he is.

Anonymous said...

String bag!

kae said...

Wow. Genius idea. String bag. Why didn't I think of that?

I object to having to pay for one use plastic bags which won't hold my wet rubbish. The old ones were fine, and used more than once. And sometimes more than twice.

I can't wait to be refused a plastic bag at Woolies who seem to have adopted the "Three items or less get no plastic bag" mantra, and have put up signs.

Stuff them! If I get milk, bread and meat I need a plastic bag - two actually, so the bread doesn't get squashed.

Skeeter said...

Buying the bags is a great idea, Mehaul. We have a few hundred left over from our fruit-selling days and we will take them to use at the supermarket if the ban comes to Queensland.
I don't know how long the bags take to break down in landfill, but I do know that they fall into little pieces after a few months in a compost bin. Methinks the problem of plastic bags in landfill is grossly exaggerated.

On tonight's news a mothers' club, or something of that ilk, was mounting pressure on governments to ban all artificial colouring in kiddies' food. It is believed to cause some vile childhood disease that makes the kiddies misbehave.
It seems that today's mothers lack the strength of will needed to stop themselves from feeding poisons to their children, and thus need government intervention.

And Kae, a very old joke from Mrs S's string bag era.
Q. How do you know if bananas are illegitimate?
A. You put them in a string bag and the bastards fall through.

WV: ingpin...Off with his head!

Mehaul said...

Skeeter. I have been driving out to do some work near Beaudesert and the other day I drove past a sign that said Wonglepong or similar on Mt Nathan Rd. Nice part of the world.

kae said...

Skeets, I remember string bags from when I was a kid.

They used to have to wrap the small stuff quite a bit so that it wouldn't fall out of the holes in the string bag.

Cloth bags would be ok if they were made out of real cloth.

Hey! Perhaps the unemployed coal miners, instead of making photovoltaic cells and windchimes, they can grow the hemp and make bags of that?

Just a thought.

kae said...

Although you'd have to wash the cloth bags and dry them...

Skeeter said...

Mehaul, make sure you drop in for a chat next time you are coming past. We would love to show you over the ranch.
Email me if you need details.

Wand said...


Cloth bags would be ok if they were made out of real cloth.No you need hemp bags .

Say I said that tongue in cheek, musing on the people who would choose to make their own. But what does the search reveal? Why our very own Hemp Company over in WA! And they make bags too!

Wand said...


PS - My mum has string bags too!

Minicapt said...

Oh dear, how about the Stringbag in action:

... Skeeter ...?