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If I go green do I use cloth, plastic or paper bags?

Posted 05/22/2011 by Dennis Crook

How did a movement start to ban the use of recyclable plastic bags, replacing them with cloth or paper instead?

Is it because people are too lazy to bring plastic bags to a recycling center? Is the cost of recycling a plastic bag higher than making a new bag out of recycled plastic?

The winner between the powers of political correctness verses the powers of lobbyists with a bias often times determines why one thing is deemed better than it is.

If we all became vegetarian over night what would we do with all the cows? If everyone was eating cows meat what would happen to the competitive price of  prime beef cuts?

Anything excessive, no matter how healthy or good you think it is can turn into unwanted garbage or a toxin. A simple plastic bag provided by a store because of its cheap price and convenience has turned into a huge landfill problem and ocean hazard..

Dirty cloth bags have the same potential of excess and worse due to their ability to carry disease when not properly cared for. Proper care of cloth bags requires the use of water to keep them clean.

If everyone is in the US is forced to use cloth bags the water consumption to keep the bags clean and sanitary must be multiplied by millions and millions of users using water, a natural resource that is in short supply

Replacing plastic bags with paper bags will send us back decades in our effort to stop deforestation. Deforestation causes massive virgin tree cutting adversely affecting our environment for oxygen production. Besides paper bags are notorious and ideal breeding grounds for roach infestations.

What happened to good olde American ingenuity? Why not figure out a way to make plastic bags valuable enough to recycle and create a feasible way for people to make money recycling them.  If we can send a man to the moon we most certainly should be able to develop  useful products made from plastic bags that go from cradle to grave to cradle. 

Cradle to grave to cradle means creating a product that once its intended usefulness is over the product is remade into another useful product with the original raw material being used over and over again.

Is local produce cheaper or more “green” than produce shipped and grown thousands of miles away from consumers? The answer to this question is even more complex than the question about “plastic or paper”.  In determining the answer to which is more “green” locally grown or trucked in produce, the answer depends on how much fuel was used in the growth process for each piece of produce and the methods used for growing.

Some farmers, right next door to you, may utilize methods that consume large amounts of fossil fuel for tractors to till the ground, keep weeds down, and harvest, as well as using petroleum based (fossil fuel) fertilizers and chemicals, etc.

One apple organically grown in South America without pesticides or tractors for picking may cost 10 ¢ delivered to your local market  whereas the locally grown apple may cost 20 ¢ to produce and take to a local market, not including the cost to clean up air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

I invite you to think about the “truth in advertising” behind the use of the new term “green” being used by marketing firms as a way to make a product seem better than it really is.

The real message I invite you to think about is- what the new term “Green” really means to the application that Marketing firms are using to make a product seem better than it is.

British Petroleum (BP) is a prime example of a company employing “Madison Avenue” advertising techniques to capitalize on the “Go Green” movement. The inference in their advertising messages is that they bring the best green products to your door because they are concerned about preserving our environment. REALLY… Then how does BP explain the Gulf Oil spill?

Before you purchase a product claiming to be green, check to see how much the product actually helps to solve an environmental problem or will it actually hinder you, your children, grandchildren, and neighbors from making our environment clean, safe, and healthy.

Look into alternative products and evaluate them to see what is the reality of their sales pitch and claims. Then make your choice instead of acting like sheep following behind another lead by the desire to eat green grass.


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