Your opinion to limit the use of plastic bags

Australia
February 15, 2007 5:28am CST
What do you think of manufacturers ceasing to stop making new plastic bags? Are you outraged by this? What will you do if they started to stop manufacturing plastic bags because it was endangering the environment? Would you be just as happy with bags that were non-plastic? Looking forward to some opinions on this contentious issue.
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25 responses
15 Feb 07
I think the the UK we use way too many plastic bags. I think that they should be made to produce plastic bags that are made from 100% recycled materials and that can be recycled themselves. If this isn't possible we should change to paper bags, that can be recycled and made from recycled paper.
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• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
16 Feb 07
That happens here as well...too much plastic everywhere, also in bags. I guess that for big supermarkets its cheaper to get plastic ones rather than recycled paper bags. In some supermarkets here bags cost like 1 cent each...maybe doing that we would use less of them.
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15 Feb 07
I think we can do without them. We shop at Tesco and they have the bags for life. We reuse them every week. When it comes to shopping in clothing stores and such, I take either a tote bag or a backback. I will not accept any new plastic bags. I am so sick seeing Tesco bags hanging on the trees blowing in the wind. What an eyesore. We need to clean up the environment. We have turned into sloppy shoppers, so much litter.
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@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
The only plastic bag I remember growing up was a garbage bag, we paper grocery bags that my mom reused. Our lunches were in paper bags and our snadwhiches were wrapped with waxed paper, my dad used a lunch box and thermos for work.If you drive by a garbage dump thats all you see flying in the air plastic bags. People haven't gott'n to accustomed to open it, use it, through it away. Buying re-useable bags for groceries and such is not a stretch for many people and would make a huge dent in the refuse that goes to the dumps.
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• India
15 Feb 07
Yes I agree that there must be a limit in the usage of plastic bags.As plastic is made up of carbon atoms and since the carbon has got a packed structure it is very difficult for plastic to dissolve in the soil.Because of this property it decreases the fertility of the soil.Not only this but during the monsoon most of the blocking of water is due to these plastic wastes.
@smille (831)
• India
15 Feb 07
good issue u raised friend, its very much important to every body of us to think about the envirnment, we are destroying it like anything, people should be aware of the global warming and wake up, we must do things which are envirnmental friendly, to keep our mother earth geena and beautiful.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
15 Feb 07
Plastic bags are non environmental friendly. That is why people propose to stop the manufacturers from producing plastic bags. If everyone start to use less plastic bag and use recyclable bags or reusable bags, then the seriousness of pollutions on earth would be able to alleviate very soon.
@XxAngelxX (2832)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
I would be just as happy with non-plastic bags, although I'm really not sure what alternative they have in mind for garbage bags. I remember when I was growing up the stores pretty much only had paper bags for groceries and we all managed just fine. It would be a great step towards reducing the amount of plastic in the world and a way to help save the environment as well.
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@rein2410 (809)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
hmm, welll, they should not stop, but should decrease the production of plastic bag. To actually preserve the environment. there are too many plastic bag that end up in land fills you know and its dangerous. So, we should cease the excess use of plastic bag right.
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@jrs404 (32)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
It's fine with me. We have to look really hard on how we can contribute for the preservation of our environment. I want my children to enjoy God's creation as much as I did. I wouldn't want my kids to walk around the streets in gears to protect themselves from harmful toxic wastes.
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@bigedshult1 (1613)
• United States
17 Feb 07
good thing to stop makin plastic bag use paper one they are more frindly to all of us tree can be replanted and that help the aie we breath to be cleaner
• United States
16 Feb 07
I prefer paper bags anyway--unless we're talking trash bags (hefty) and freezer bags. That isn't going to sit well with me. But I do like the paper grocery bags. They are great for sending away clothes that my kid has outgrown, they fit perfectly into my office wastepaper basket, and they fold nicely for storage.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I had not heard this. As long as I have something to carry my groceries home in, that is all that matters. I think it will become awful costly to do away with them though.
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I will really welcome to this decesion of stop making plastic bag. This is really a good step to save our environment. May be at the first time we will feel little inconvenient while shopping without plastic bag, but gradually we will used to the alternative of palstic bags. We all should welcome this by thinking the long run affect of plastic bags.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
Oh they will still make plastic bags but they will be called garbage bags but you will have to buy them....I use my plastic bags as garbage bags, because years ago the garbage men in my area complained about people who didn't put their garbage in plastic bags....
@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
I think it would be wonderful if those horrible plastic bags disappeared from the planet. They take aeons to decompose, buy there are alternative biodegradeable ones around. Personally I prefer to use a large shopping bag or two! ;0
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
15 Feb 07
It is really a no win situation. Cut down trees for paper bags or use oil to make plastic bags. There is not enough places to recycle things. WalMart has a box in each store for customers to bring back their used bags. And just what will we do about all the plastic diapers?
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I agree i hate plastic bags at the grocery store they fall over and spill stuff in your car they rip and stuff falls out and breaks and they as you say harm the environment so what good are they ??
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I have always thought that we could do with less plastic products in general, engineous. I'm for anything that will help to make our environment safer. Our lands and waterways are so polluted that it is disgusting.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
2 Jul 07
It would be very beneficial if the manufacture of plastic bags would be curbed. Companies should also be taxed and charge consumers if they want plastic bags. Here where I live in Canada one of the major grocery chains sells a bag for 99 cents that saves 100 plastic bags. The aim is to save Millions of plastic bags from ending up in landfill and harming the environment. My family always brings unbleached cotton bags to the store to bag groceries. They can be used and washed and serve the purpose. They are environmentally friendly because no chemicals, bleach or other poisons were used in their production.
@Galena (9123)
2 Jul 07
why would anyone be outraged. if no one provided plastic bags, then people would take their own bags for their shopping. you can get canvas ones that fold up really small, for unexpected purchases. bigger ones for a proper shop. the company I work for does paper bags, which can just be put in with your paper recycling. even so, I'll always ask a customer if they need a bag or not.