Wake me up when this plastic bag nightmare is over. The Vancouver Sun says Thrifty Foods is going back to the plastic bag (after a two-year ban) because shoppers said the paper bag option sucked.
You know what sucks? Plastics in the ocean.
In 2010, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup scoured over 2,000 kilometres of waterfront all across our home and native land. Guess how many paper bags they picked up? Answer: they cleaned up 55,880 plastic bags! (Trick question.)
Only 19 more sleeps until my neighbouhood Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (join me at Kitsilano Beach). But this retailer decision based on "the customer is always right" model leaves me baffled. What if the customer is wrong?
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Come Halloween, Thrifty's says "We're going to assess the customer impact, the customer convenience and then make a decision." I think we already know what the customer impact will be — more plastic bag pollution.
I thought Canadians were bigger than the plastic bag.
Lots of us have switched to reusable cloth bags — with great success. But some are stumped when it comes to lining household garbage pails. My suggestion: go garbage bag-less. Since you're recycling and composting, most household trash is dry and doesn't need a liner. Focus on making smarter purchases and reduce waste in the first place. If you must have a liner, use one biodegradable bag in the kitchen garbage pail.
What would you suggest Thrifty's (or any retailer) do to help their customers switch to reusable cloth bags? Why did you switch?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green
P.S. Support retailers that share your values. And let those who don't know how you feel.