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No More Plastic Grocery Bags

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

  1. mikecolorado

    mikecolorado Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado
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    Wouldn't it just be smarter to change the industry from 'plastic' plastic bags to soy based bio-degradable plastic bags? I've never understood the mentality of how grocery bags are evil and everyone is so ready to change the extreme convenience of grocery supplied bags to customer supplied bags when it's the plastic that is evil.
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    It looks like those are expensive, so the stores would rather force people to supply their own than absorb that cost. I usually take my own in to stores altho I often don't really know how many to take. I may order some bio-degradable trash bags for home use.
     
  3. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX, USA
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    When they instituted the bag ban here I was upset by it, but now bringing my own bags is second nature. No big deal. The trunk of my car is full of them.
     
  4. rmssetc

    rmssetc Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Philadelphia
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    Hmmm... so you're OK with restaurants that let random people without food-handling certification wander through the kitchen?
     
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  5. Windlaker

    Windlaker Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: SE Wisconsin
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    Not worried so much about shopping, as we usually use reusable bags anyway.
    Our concern is the bathroom trash can liners. We are considering bring bags from home just for that purpose.
    We won't get nabbed by the "Plastic Bag Police", will we?
     
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    If you're staying in a hotel, they will provide such. If you're in another property, you might want to bring your own. They'll still go to the dump with all of the other plastic discarded.

    They get deliveries, service technicians, etc. all of the time.

    I'm not touching anything, just looking. Everyone there is generally too busy to notice.
     
  7. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Great White

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
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    My trunk is full of them too but unfortunately it may take me a few more years before it becomes "second nature." I am, however, forgetting to bring in my bags less often as time goes by. :)
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
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    I carry mine in the backseat floorboard, but it's usually just me in the car. I do wash them every few weeks.
     
  9. mikecolorado

    mikecolorado Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado
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    They are only a little bit more money right now, but that's in comparison to normal plastic bags, and that's because the industry produces hundreds of billions of petroleum based plastic bags today, the costs for bio-degradable bags comes down to normal plastic bags if they are adopted industry wide.

    The super markets also benefit from consumers footing the bill for bags as we all get brainwashed into cloth bags. The super markets lose the cost of supplying traditional plastic bags and they gain millions of profits industry wide by selling us cloth bags.

    We as consumers are basically idiots for enabling them by rallying against plastic bags and embracing cloth bags as the alternative so we all feel good about ourselves saving the planet. Plastic bags are only 1% of the plastic problem, better to change the entire plastic industry to bio degradable and solve the entire problem then put bandaids on it one minute part at a time. Also developing countries populations will never adopt the 1st worlds ecological solutions based on guilt and eco pride, they don't care and can't afford to care, but cheap bio bags can become a world wide solution even to 3rd world countries when they become the alternative that has no financial difference.

    I was just in Mexico this week and watched 3 locals standing next to the shore drink their beer out of cans and throw them into the ocean. People are out of their minds if they believe people like that are going to go buy cloth bags at the super markets and car them there.
     
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  10. Dan G

    Dan G Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado
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    I am not a composting expert, but the bags you describe likely require commercial composting. People can't just put them in their own composting bin with the food scraps. This means readily available drop-off or curbside pick up for composting to make those work. Also, it's the nature of single use plastic items that are the bigger problem.
     

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