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Thread: Plasitc Bag-free Shopping In Australia

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    I think the rest of the world might like to know about this initiative. Several towns in Australia have decided to ban plasitc shopping bags from retail outlets. Australia uses 7 billion plastic bags every year, and enough of them are disposed of badly to make them a big threat to our forna (especially marine life) and our general environment.

    Many retailers here are now selling reuseable canvas or calico bags (for about $1)as an alternative, which is proving popular, and many other councils and local authorities are seriously looking at following this lead from Huskisson and Kangaroo Valley.

    Wherever you live in the world this is a great way to help your environment. Make this an issue for your next local election.

    Planet Ark's Plastic Bag Campaign

    South Australian Government initiatives

    Tourist town shuns plastic bags

    PS. As j2k4 will inevitably point out, this will have major repecussions for industry - plastic bag makers will suffer badly. On the other hand, reusable bag makers will be much better off and smart people will be changing their businesses to meet the new demand. Sorry j2k4, thought I'd get in first

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    kAb's Avatar Poster
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    Thank you Australia for trying to protect the enviornment.

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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    We Americans have nothing to worry about.

    We have always protected our forna.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Maybe venus fly traps are "forna", part plant/part animal.
    Aren't we in the trust tree, thingey?

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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    Actually, I applaud your efforts to rid the world of one-time use, ecologically unsound packaging.
    Good on yer.

    But what will you use to pick up dog poop?
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    You're right, I do applaud the effort. I don't want to undermine the topic because of a typo.

    When I lived in Missouri the store clerks would ask, "paper or plastic".

    Here in Texas, everything is placed in plastic, no options available.
    Aren't we in the trust tree, thingey?

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    Oh, please...
    Where I am, we are often extended the option.

    I always choose paper, as you can't salt and butter popcorn too well in plastic.

    While I abhor the plastic, it does make dealing with pets a bit easier.

    Alex-I have no empathy for potentially-unemployed plastic-bag makers; they will probably be able to find employment in the paper-bag industry if they don't get hung-up pissing and moaning about their job loss, and insist on rehabilitation at the government's expense.

    I believe, therefore, that you have mis-read me once again.

    Why isn't plastic re-cycling more wide-spread?

    Speaking of, why isn't tire re-cycling more popular?

    C'mon, you people, I want answers to some of my questions.
    "Researchers have already cast much darkness on the subject, and if they continue their investigations, we shall soon know nothing at all about it."

    -Mark Twain

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