What. This is supposed to be a Sustainable Tuesday post and I’m trying to defend a single-use plastic? Yep, nobody ever said I couldn’t so I am.
With most of my family being in New York state, I’ve managed to hear that recently New York has made using plastic grocery bags a fineable offense.
Most Tuesdays I volunteer at a food pantry and grocery bags are one of the most important things that can be donated. If you’re just an ordinary person there are two things that can be donated in a helpful quantity. Time and grocery bags. Food is also acceptable, but most people don’t have much extra.
The food pantry gets these “single-use” bags and we re-use them. Shocker I know. They are super useful for bagging up loose vegetables, fruits, and yogurts.
Sarcasm aside, we bring home some bags of food and re-use them again. As trash bags. And maybe then they get recycled. I don’t know. I’m not going to talk about that.
I’m going to talk about what plastic should be a finable offense. Unreusable plastic bags, like what lettuce comes in. Or any number of foods that come in little bags that can’t be reused.
Why is NY banning a product that gets re-used and recycled, when there is hiding inside that a much worse product?