On banning free plastic bags

February 2, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

I just don’t get it.   Just look at the damage being done by allowing free plastic bags and ask yourself why we can’t motivate ourselves to ban free plastic bags.

If we, as a country, can’t make this obviously necessary move, are we capable of anything at all? If some Middle Eastern terrorist dumped this amount of crap all over our country (and world), we’d declare war to seek revenge. But we’re doing this to ourselves, so it’s OK.

And what about bottled water? The ends simply don’t justify the means.

We are being poisoned by free market fundamentalism.


Category: Risks and Dangers, Sustainable Living

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. brian says:

    "…ban…obviously necessary move…"

    WTF? I reuse all my bags. Tax them and people who don't can use cloth.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    To be clear, I am not asking to ban all plastic bags. I would like to ban FREE plastic bags. This small move will have dramatic effects. A tax of 5 cents per bag gets rid of 90% of them. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/plastic-b

  3. brian says:

    When communicating the idea of replacing X being free with there being a charge for X, say "tax X" not "ban free X". No one uses the word "ban" like that.

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