Banning bags a small step with a big message | Letter | Feb. 3
February 2, 2012 · 3:49 PM
“Necessity is the mother of invention” was coined millennia ago, but I challenge proposed plastic bag ban naysayers to apply this wise adage to their home habits.
The precept’s goal is to ensure a future where less economically advantaged nations and our oceans’ sea life are not being strangled by this planet’s current overuse of lightweight plastic carriers.
My grandmother, who grew up on a turn-of-the-century family farm in Missouri and raised her own family during the Great Depression, taught me as a child the value of making do with what is often considered garbage.
While reusing plastic bags is preferable to throwing them away, another alternative exists eliminating the need to manufacture them in the first place.
Our household rid ourselves of not only the use of grocery store bags, but store-bought 13-gallon bags as well, and not by the replacement of brown paper.
It has become a game for us – dog food bags, edamame bags from Costco, and our favorite: large Tim’s Cascade Chip bags (they never leak).
The chip bags don’t look as pretty under the sink or in the bathroom, but they keep us laughing at ourselves and our consumption habits, now visible to all.
Yes, there are many other ways to cut back on our nations’ dependence on oil and pollution of our Earth, but the council’s proposed ban on plastic bags is one small step that carries a big message.
Julie Riely, Bainbridge Island