Plastic is the devil. Which is interesting, considering that plastic was introduced as the savior of the environment. “Use plastic bags to carry your groceries and you’ll be saving trees, the world, and, therefore, your souls.” But, now we’ve learned the error of our ways and it is on to the next. Round and round we go…
So, in California a law has been signed that outlaws the use of plastic bags in big chain stores starting next July, and rolled out to all stores in 2016. Instead, consumers are being urged to use cloth bags or pay a surcharge for the use of paper bags. (Wait, aren’t paper bags bad for the environment too? Isn’t that why we started using plastic in the first place. Now I’m confused… But, I’m sure the ten cents per bag is being used to fund tree planting operations, right? I’m sure that makes it okay.)
But, since we have proven to be shortsighted on these decisions in the past (really, who could have known all those plastic bags would wind up in riverbeds and clinging to the fences and shrubs that line our roads?) it does beg the question: when cloth bags are determined to also be bad for the environment (water wasted washing them?) or our health (unwashed or improperly washed bags make lovely homes for salmonella) what device for carrying our groceries will be forced upon us next?
How about reusing cardboard boxes to store and transport groceries like Costco and Trader Joe’s do? Since the stores receive their goods in boxes in the first place, what happens to those? They should definitely be given out to consumers to transport the goods rather than manufacturing new cloth bags for everyone to buy, spoil, and trash. Right? (I suggest buying copious amounts of stock in cardboard companies right now! Buy early and often, as I always say. (Yes, I say the same about voting.)) And then, being good stewards of the environment, as we have unanimously shown over the course of human “civilization,” I’m sure all those consumers would recycle the cardboard boxes after they were done with them. Right? (They certainly wouldn’t find their way to landfills or riverbeds or city streets…)
Though, there probably aren’t enough boxes to accommodate all purchases on a daily basis, so that option isn’t entirely feasible. Dilemma, am I right? But, why do we need bags (or boxes) at all? Everything was in a cart (or buggy, if you prefer) or basket in the store, why can’t we all just push the carts to our cars and load everything up directly like that? The onus should be on car manufacturers to install grocery receptacles in trunk spaces rather than trying to figure out how to get the goods from the store to the car in the first place. We already do that. Every time. The goods always show up at our cars (like magic), so why do we need something additional to make that happen? We don’t! Problem solved.
We in the kingdom plan on taking that route, forgoing bagging contraptions altogether: one less thing to worry about! (I’m always forgetting those stupid reusable bags anyway.) But, we’d love to hear your solutions. Do you have a brilliant idea? Do you have a ridiculous idea? We are open for both and everything in-between. This is California, after all.