Re: “Going Green” or “Going Green for the Green”

At first I was going to write about how Foodland, Walmart, and just about any big major company is starting to sell “Reusable bags,” Which I think is a great idea.  I mean, I’m not going to use them, way too inconvinent, but if other people want to use them, be my guest.  If anything it may keep stores from raising their prices because they’re saving money on all those plastic bags… So I went to google.com and wanted to find some images to show examples… then I found the most bullshit website EVER

reusablebags.comNow, I’m okay with people paying $1.50 for these bags, but this is just stupid.  Lets take a few examples…

 

Green Bags

Green Bags

 These bags are $9.95.  Now I think it’s pretty cool that these bags keep food fresh, but the thing is that these bags are DISPOSABLE!  Don’t get me wrong, I know that they’re better for the earth and are biodegradable.. but non-the-less, what are disposable bags doing at reusablebags.com???  Maybe for a profit?

Walker BagThis dumb ass bag is $19.95.  I don’t know what the difference this bag is from the one I can get from Foodland for $1.50 but for $20 (+s&h) I can buy 7 Foodland Bags!  I’m sure that will carry a lot more than one of these $20 bags.

 

Reusable Bag

Reusable Bag

I don’t even know where to go with this one but it’s $24.95 +s&h.. It looks like something you can pick up at Ross for cheaper.. minus the shipping…

Don’t get me wrong, these are some of the more pricy bags on the site.. but you still have to understand this site is up to make a profit.  And finally, I’ll leave with some words from George Carlin about “Saving the Planet”

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11 Responses to “Re: “Going Green” or “Going Green for the Green””

  1. thekingofeurope Says:

    how are you going to carry your groceries?

  2. plastic bags, way more convenient

  3. thekingofeurope Says:

    you’re going to bring your own?

  4. …you can’t be serious…

  5. alamoluck007 Says:

    dude im so glad u are here pointing stupid shit out. I back you up on this, these reusable bags sold for $20 a pop are for hippies so they can feel good about themselves. With $1.50 thay could get a reusable bag at foodland, and with the other $18.50 buy a knife and stab themselves because they are wasting precious oxygen here on earth…

  6. its called recycled paper bags… nothin better.

  7. Don’t you love those people who use paper bags, and use a plastic bag to carry them? LoL

  8. thekingofeurope Says:

    i thought they were discontinuing bagging your shit, that’s why everyone had to start buying bags?

  9. loveandletlove Says:

    The site is trying to make a profit, sure, but the idea behind reusable bags is not to save corporations like Wal-Mart money, it’s because people are realizing that we produce a lot of fucking waste on a day-to-day basis. A lot of other countries have banned plastic bags and even in America, there are a number of states that are trying to wean consumers of plastic bag usage.

    Until recently, plastic bags were not biodegradable, and most today still aren’t. Most plastic bags will not break down in your lifetime, yet we personally use hundreds to thousands of them a year. Cutting back on this habit makes sense, especially if it’s as easy as bringing your own bag to the store. People spend way more than $20 on most handbags, backpacks, and purses, and the reason is because they LAST. You can use them over and over again. You’ve definitely used more than $20 worth of plastic bags in your life and have nothing to show for it.

    If you can get a cheap bag at Ross or even pick up one at Longs for 99 cents go for it. Do consider how much you waste and how much of that you could NOT waste by making small changes.

  10. -Loveandletlove
    with all due respect, if you re-read my post you will note that i didn’t say the reason for this was to save walmart money, I just said at the very least it will save my ass money.
    But yeah, you make a point about how much we waste and it’ll be good for the earth, but does anyone knows what happens to the reusable bags when people don’t want to use them any more? I don’t. Sure, you can use it over and over again but I’m pretty sure that on person is going to use a $20 bag for more than 6 months.
    Also, while doing more research I came across something that says bad things about biodegradable bags…
    At first glance, they may seem like a good idea, but a closer look reveals significant downsides such as:

    Does nothing to address the consumption part of this problem which lies at the heart of this issue. Both biodegradable and regular disposable plastic bags require a similar amount of energy, natural resources and costs to produce.

    Mixing of biodegradable bags in recycling systems for conventional plastic bags creates a sorting nightmare and can render entire batches of recyclable plastic useless.

    Bag littering could easily increase as people start to believe that biodegradable bags are less harmful to the environment and will disappear quickly it takes at least 18 months for most to breakdown.

    The breakdown of starch-based films in water consumes oxygen, resulting in oxygen depletion that contributes to algae blooms and the death of marine life.

    Water, soil, and crop contamination could result from the use of compost with chemical residues from biodegraded bags

  11. loveandletlove Says:

    “does anyone knows what happens to the reusable bags when people don’t want to use them any more? I don’t. Sure, you can use it over and over again but I’m pretty sure that on person is going to use a $20 bag for more than 6 months”

    Yeah, the thing with this “green” trend is that it’s superficially trendy – everyone wants to buy a reusable bag right now, but what happens when it’s not trendy anymore? You bet those Paris Hiltons will just chuck those bags in the back of their closets and forget about them. Style conscious people who want a new bag every 6 months also defeat the purpose. It’s about utility and conscientiousness, not looking good in public.

    Your point also made me think of something else. Recently, there’s been a lot of attention paid to switching to CFL light bulbs. In Hawaii, there was a really rigorous print, TV, and radio campaign to get people to switch to these bulbs that are supposedly much more efficient. They recently found out, though, that it’s pretty impossible to dispose of these things safely. That means that once they burn out, they pile up.

    I think that first point on your list about biodegradable bags doing nothing to solve the problem of consumption is spot on. The point behind Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” the movie that produced this whole “green” craze, was that we have to make a fundamental shift in the way we think, act, and consume. I think a lot of that message has gotten lost in the insanity over reusable bags and fossil fuels and needs to be the point we return to.

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