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No More Plastic Grocery Bags

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by horn34, May 16, 2019.

  1. Dan G

    Dan G Manta Ray

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    I've been on boats that use those cone cups. I've also been on boats that hand out plastic water bottles. It was Blue Project who handed out reusable water bottles with a number on it for us to use through out the week.

    Great! Can't wait to use one in August!

    Not sure if there is an answer to this different but related note. When I traveled for the first time to Mexico, it was in the mid-80s with my high school. We all did 'home stays' and each of us lived with a Mexican family for a couple of weeks. It has been a while, but I recall that there was filtered water from the tap the family and myself used. Was the water quality better in Mexico 35 years ago? Also, are there locations in Mexico where potable water comes from the tap? Is there any discussion regarding bringing more potable water to more locations in Mexico?
     
  2. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    A piece of masking tape placed on the cooler with 2 words written on it that reads "PURIFIED WATER" is all it takes. Heck, add another word and let it say "SAFE PURIFIED WATER" Why is this so difficult? If a dive customer has a problem with that and drinking the purified water from a cooler let them know that they are welcome to bring all the plastic bottled water with them they wish but they must take those empty bottles with them upon their departure from the boat and dispose of them properly. That is accommodating yet sends the message that this dive op is committed to protecting the environment.
     
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  3. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    Sickening? I hadn't been to our local Costco in several months in VA Beach... I went this past weekend and Costco was selling 40 bottles of purified water by the case for $2.49. There were people with regular carts and the flat carts loading that crap up 7-8 cases high. There was a dedicated employee to load carts with these cases of water! It was crazy to see but $2.49 for 40 bottles of water seems to bring on big demand.
     
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  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Have you ever worked in retail? Anyway, I'd rather bring my own anyway. I'm not the trusting type, and I would wonder about how well the cooler was cleaned each day.

    6¼¢ a bottle does sound cheap. Crew chiefs and others who have to supply water to others do find the sanitized bottles very convenient, and those drinking the water find them safe. I hate single serving, single use bottles, but I think recycling is our best hope.
     
  5. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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    How do you ever eat at a restaurant without getting worried sick?
     
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  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    What's interesting is the single use bags are banned in grocery stores, they are still available at the Home Depot checkout, no charge.


    "On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban.

    As a result, SB 270 is in effect and most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers. Instead, these stores may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at the point of sale at a charge of at least 10 cents. Manycities and counties have bag ordinances in place. Some of these jurisdictions’ ordinances will not be subject to this new law, depending on whether they meet certain preemption requirements. Consult your local governmental entity for more information."



    Bob
     
  7. WetInPortland

    WetInPortland Photographer

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    No bags at Bodega Aurrerá today. On the other hand, Sam's has very large plastic bags, but they're about $1.7 pesos each.

    If the groceries get rid of the plastic produce bags, too, we're going to be in serious trouble for disposing of used cat litter. We also use the plastic grocery bags for food waste, since we don't have a garbage disposer. Our collection/usage just about balances out.

    I can see the request on the muling boards: "Yeah, just save all your plastic grocery bags for a month and bring them with you, please?"
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No problem, but washing is part of their business. And I reserve the right to walk into any kitchen and look if I wish.
     
  9. DFDubb

    DFDubb Barracuda

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    Plastics recycling is little more than a "feel good" exercise. It all ends up in a landfill or the ocean.
     
  10. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

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    Yes, that occured to me after I posted. I wonder what the thinking is (by the lawmakers). I'm sure I've seen plenty of Home Depot and Lowe's bags stuck to a chain-link fence along the road. Anyone know if OXXO and 7-11 etc. are exempt in Mexico? I made an unscheduled stop at Soriana yesterday and didn't have my re-usable bags with me so they put as much as possible into one plastic bag and I carried the toilet paper unbagged. I've noticed that I, and others, have refused the offer of a plastic bag from various vendors and just stick it in my (their) backpack or purse or whatever. I've also noticed that I receive many smiles when people see my re-usable bags here on Cozumel.
     
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