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The Horrors of plastic bags

I recently dug out a bunch of canvas bags I've gotten as schwag at computer shows and such, because I was drowning in plastic bags from stores and wanted to stop using them. I've got 3 or 4 bags of bags in the kitchen, in the garage, etc. I felt bad about throwing them away. I used them as trash can liners, etc, and tried to get paper whenever possible (notably the grocery store) but I have stacks of THOSE too (I use 'em for recycling bins.) Using the canvas bags is much better. Sturdier and nothing to deal with after unpacking the groceries. I keep all the canvas bags stuffed into the largest of the bags in my car and take 'em with me when shopping. My grocery store gives a discount for using them (Dahl's).

Why we should all stop using plastic bags is explained in this article I ran across about the environmental impact of plastic bags that's well worth a read.

Despite the truly huge environmental impact (there is six times as many plastic fragments in the ocean than there is zooplankton!!!), all this plastic in the bags takes oil to produce. Oil we can't afford to waste any more than the oil we use when driving. Oil is vital in many industries, not just for transportation. Yet we're throwing it away and burning it up. We can't afford to do this. We've GOT to move away from it, but it's not going to be easy. At least the move has finally started, though.

I've been thinking about moving to a hybrid car, and I see that there's a hybrid Ford Escape available. I got a card from Kia wanting me to come in and see about selling them back my Sorento for a "good deal" because so many people want them. The local Kia dealer is owned by the local Ford Dealer (Gabus) and so I may investigate it just to see how much I'd get screwed if I switched from a Sorento to a hybrid Escape...or even to a Kia Sportage (smaller version of my SUV, that my mom and sis and a friend all drive. Almost as nice as mine, but with much better gas mileage).

I just hope there are no worse impacts from the metals used in the batteries in hybrids. Those can probably be recycled easily though. But it's worth asking what happens to the batteries in a hybrid when they have to be replaced, and how much it costs for replacement and how often it's needed.


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Sep. 13th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
I love my Escape ... if are are going to be at the meeting tomorrow, take a look at it.
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
I want more cities to do what SanFran did and ban plastic bags from retail places completely. ARGH!!!
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