Posted by: David McKay | March 8, 2012

Bag to the Basics…

I have been wanting to write something, and I just did not know what.  I thought I would get back to my blogging roots and do a little research via the internet on plastic bag bans.

Let’s start with this New York Times piece from Kate Galbraith in the Green Column: Should Plastic Bags Be Banned? from February 8th, 2012.  Austin is considering a ban on plastic bags.  Would a ‘wide-ranging ban’ on plastic bags really cause chaos and confusion amongst the customers of Austin?  Seriously, are we humans really that stupid?  Look around you, Ronnie Volkening, president of the Texas Retailers Association.  He called the proposal for a ban draconian and fears for the consumers ability to handle the loss.

That might help the therapists of Austin, though.  What about that, Ronnie?  Maybe there is grief counseling that is available for those consumers that will suffer from this bag ban.  Or not.  Maybe those suffering consumers might just adapt.  Because they’re human.  That’s what we do.

We screw with stuff, generally making a mess of things, then we adapt, make some more changes, and then we adapt some more.  Do we need to keep making things worse and adapting to that?  Why not turn around?

You know that if you turn around, and take a step, you’re still going forward?

So, instead of trying to fix a problem with yet another problem, or ignoring a problem in the name of profit, why don’t we just impose a ban on plastic bags and let the chips fall where they may?  Let’s move in a more positive direction…

I’ll adapt to that.

Thanks for reading.

Responsibility in not convenient — it’s necessary.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.  Reimagine.



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