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Bans on plastic bags harm the environment
05-30-2012, 03:38 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Quote: a shopper would need to reuse the same cotton tote for 29 years before it caused less fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity than all of the plastic bags that it would replace over this period. Given the improbability that the same cotton tote would be used over such lengths of time, in most cases plastic bags will have less environmental impact.

Why is this? Because the environmental impacts of supermarket bags are dominated by the energy and raw materials needed to manufacture them. Plastic bags are inexpensive because relatively small amounts of energy and raw materials are needed to make them. These same attributes that make plastic bags affordable and light also make them easier on the environment than alternatives like paper bags and reusable cotton totes.

http://www.justfactsdaily.com/bans-on-pl...nvironment

Interesting article.
05-30-2012, 03:42 PM #2
yankees skier
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Wow, I've been using my own reusable bags for a few years now. Not all of them are made of cotton though.

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05-30-2012, 03:45 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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That really doesn't make sense. They are petrochemical based. 13.gif

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05-30-2012, 03:50 PM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Yeah but made nowadays to decompose quickly. I still use plastic bags if I have to but recycle them. And laundry soap is a dispersant, how does that affect the environment?
05-30-2012, 03:53 PM #5
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Sounds like another good reason to legalize hemp.


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Politicians hide themselves away
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Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-30-2012, 03:54 PM #6
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(05-30-2012, 03:53 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  Sounds like another good reason to legalize hemp.


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iagree.gif iagree.gif iagree.gif (although it's legal in Canada, needs to be worldwide)
05-30-2012, 03:55 PM #7
Kreeper Griobhtha
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The real impact of not having plastic bags will come from people not being able to pick up after their dogs. All that extra methane is bound to tear a ginormous hole in the ozone.

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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-30-2012, 03:59 PM #8
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(05-30-2012, 03:54 PM)Shadow Wrote:  
(05-30-2012, 03:53 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  Sounds like another good reason to legalize hemp.


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iagree.gif iagree.gif iagree.gif (although it's legal in Canada, needs to be worldwide)



You keep bragging and we are gonna bring freedom and Democracy to your heathen land.


Or else we will get our billionaires to buy and move every Canadian hockey team except the Leafs.


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I agree. Hemp and cannabis need to be legalized for the good of the planet.


Better yet, we need to hunt down the POO.

coffeetime.gif

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
05-30-2012, 04:02 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Well common sense tells me I won't be doing mother nature a favor if I buy plastic bags every time at the store. This study is based on the assumption that all people would buy cotton shopping bags. No, they would probably bring any bag they already had at home. We got a great backpack from the second hand store for a euro. It holds 24 beers! beercheer.gif We also have a few canvas bags that I do believe are cotton. My mom always put her groceries in her wicker basket.

I always recycle plastic bags. chuckle.gif

You know you've been in Finland too long when...

You rummage through your plastic bag collection to see which ones you should keep to take to the store and which can be sacrificed to garbage.
05-30-2012, 04:04 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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(05-30-2012, 03:55 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  The real impact of not having plastic bags will come from people not being able to pick up after their dogs. All that extra methane is bound to tear a ginormous hole in the ozone.

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That's why I save all those small plastic bags you put your vegetables in at the store coffeetime.gif
05-30-2012, 04:06 PM #11
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(05-30-2012, 03:59 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  You keep bragging and we are gonna bring freedom and Democracy to your heathen land.


Or else we will get our billionaires to buy and move every Canadian hockey team except the Leafs.


13.gif


chuckle.gif


I agree. Hemp and cannabis need to be legalized for the good of the planet.


Better yet, we need to hunt down the POO.

coffeetime.gif


chuckle.gif we'll just share some Canadian beer, say 'eh' a lot and you'll be willing to take the Leafs too lmao.gif
05-30-2012, 04:31 PM #12
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(05-30-2012, 04:02 PM)Octo Wrote:  Well common sense tells me I won't be doing mother nature a favor if I buy plastic bags every time at the store.


Buy? 13.gif So making plastic bags an environmental hazard benefits whom? Not saying they aren't, just wondering...

05-30-2012, 04:40 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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05-30-2012, 04:47 PM #14
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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'Precautionary Principle' damned.gif
05-30-2012, 04:58 PM #15
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(05-30-2012, 04:40 PM)Octo Wrote:  Agenda 21 coffeetime.gif


This vid set me back on my heels.




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