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Whingeing over plastic bag ban is pitiful

THERE have been dozens of opinions saying the "single use” plastic bags were not in fact that, but that they were re-used for rubbish before binning.

So, they are still plastic and apparently do not break down whilst perhaps not always presenting a risk to animals, but who has a percentage for the environmental risk they do present?

Also, they are not all re-used for rubbish so where did they finish up?

At least there would be a percentage within waterways which run to the ocean.

The whingeing about the large supermarkets now charging for bags is really rather pitiful (Daily, July 24).

How much lead-in time do customers require to organise their own bags for groceries - months, years, centuries?

Customers have known for ages this ban was to be enforced - if not organised sufficiently, 15 cents is hardly onerous surely and after all, these bags are able to be used again and again, plastic and all.

Is this really a situation where we have been conned? I think not.

Hopefully before too long, there will be a resolution to the fruit, meat and other products now sold in plastic with the recycling situation somewhat fraught now.

If you really wish to help both the marine and land environment, keep that garbage patch in both the Pacific and Indian oceans in mind with every piece of plastic use.

As Craig Reucassel's War on Waste will reveal next week, the major cost of a bottle of water is the bottle and what a mess we have made on the planet with those.

As a First World problem, we need to shaft the plastic water bottles and takeaway coffee cups and get used to using the options available everywhere for water, use tap water and take our own mug to the jolly java-house.

The planet does not need the extra load.

It is utterly non-sustainable.

CLAIRE JOLLIFFE

Buderim



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