I would love some feed back here.
this is going to be long winded, so bare with me and please read on.
ok. so at the health food store where i work we have started to really push our sales of reusable bags (finally.) we have a sign that says "paper, plastic, or reusable; it's your choice." i guess our corporate office is not trying to push the bag thing since whole foods was getting heat for taking their plastic bags away.
apparently whole foods is "in trouble" because they are mis-leading the public that paper bags are more enviro friendly than plastic.
this is where i get heated. NEITHER ARE GOOD FOR THE PLANET.
*Petroleum is needed to make plastic bags
*Plastic bags do not break down (in nature) but rather just become smaller and smaller bits of plastic, thus polluting our soil w/out us seeing it
*Plastic bags take virgin plastic in order to create a "recycled" plastic (maybe this technology is outdated, but i was once taught that all recycled plastics still depended upon a bit of virgin in the final composition. and to be honest, i haven't brushed up on that fact lately to see if it's still true, so if you know, let me know)
*Plastic bags (when left in nature) can kill wild life
*Paper uses more water & energy than plastic to recycle
*Paper bags break down fully (when left in nature) to become basically fertilizer
*Virgin paper bags use trees
*100% post consumer content paper bags do not use trees
*I havent' heard of paper bags suffocating wildlife, or wrapped around a sea turtles head
*Paper bags attract bugs like roaches when being warehoused (funny thing, so do the cardboard boxes that plastic bags come in)
I could go on forever.
Here's what got me heated the most. check out this link and give me your stance on it. http://www.enviroaffairscouncil.org/blog/2008/04/corporate-green.html
It seems they are really slamming Whole foods for the whole anti-plastic shopping bag thing, and trying to make plastic bags to be super heroes. WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE BOTH BAD FOR THE PLANET AND WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR ENERGY ON MAKING PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING THEIR OWN COTTON BAGS. BAN THE PLASTIC, BAN THE PAPER. FOR FREAK SAKES ALREADY.
SORRY FOR MY ANGER. UGH.