Some fifty years ago, paper bags were free. Then in the 70s plastic bags were introduced as cheaper alternative because it was more durable. Besides, they said paper bags use up more trees and again the issue of environmental decline was used.
The environment is changing and people don’t care and everything is a hazard to the environment now-okay okay we get it. Environment aside, behind the ever changing laws on bags (either plastic or paper) has always been motivated by money and greed, period.
At the Lucky store across us, prior to January 1 of this year they had paper bags all over the counter so shoppers can just grab them and use them as alternative to plastic bags-it was free. Now, the plastic bags are gone and paper bags cost ten cents.
Why penalize the shoppers if we want to use paper bags? I don’t follow the logic. Years ago, they said ban on paper bags will help save the environment/trees. So now, all of that changed? Never mind the trees as long as you pay , we’re okay. See how that works?
So next time both plastic and paper bags will be banned, that’s fine. But don’t mask the greed by environmental concern it is sickening. The core of the matter is not much of what we use, it is how we use and dispose of it. The lifestyle and general attitude of the people must be changed. No band -aid remedy can ever solve the problem.
Every time we ask the clerks as to why we are paying for the paper bags, we get either an attitude or a virtual finger. It was like we ask because we are clueless and don’t care about the environment. We are not idiots. What we question all the time is the flaw in their logic. But you know you can’t rely on the frontliners anymore.