Friday, February 29, 2008

What a carry on

I am starting to panic-hoard carrier bags. Even if I am just buying a pint of milk, yes, I'll have a bag with that, please. I feel like those shoppers who stuffed their trollies with bread during the fuel blockades (and I think we're due another one of those too). If I don't get them now, soon there will be none left.

I fear for the future of the carrier bag. It may be much maligned, but I need it. What else will I use to carry horse food to the stables, line bins and - vitally - empty smelly cat litter into? Much as I like the idea of lovely brown paper bags that biodegrade beautifully, I can't see them performing the same functions as well as my environmentally unfriendly plastic friends.

Admittedly, I hate to see bags ripped and flapping, trapped in fences on windy days. So does the Grey Mare. I abhor litter of any kind. But I fear losing the essentially free, reusable resource that is the supermarket carrier.

I am fed up with the constant demands to ban this and ban that. New rules and regulations are never about new opportunities. Each time, they are removing something or preventing you from doing yet another thing. I vote we put a ban on banning. Let's save the endangered carrier bag from extinction before it's too late.

15 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

When you say you "adhor" (sic) litter do you mean you abhor it or adore it or have you invented a new verb whereby hate and love are closely intertwined - like plastic bags on a hawthorn hedge!

mutterings and meanderings said...

Ah, Mr English teacher I mean ABhor - I shall change it pronto!

mountainear said...

Should you need to feed your plastic bag habit - and if there's a shortage up north - I could supply you with a breeding pair. I think bags have bred like rabbits in our house judging by the number in the cupboard next to the sink...

Gill said...

I suspect you will end up having to pay for biodegradable bin liners.

Barrenblog said...

I'm liking the ban on banning. I agree that we need to take action now before we are banned from leaving the house except for the third Tuesday in Lent. First no smoking in pubs; some are now talking of banning people from having more than three drinks - quite soon I imagine that "laughing" and "talking" will also be banned!

Arthur Clewley said...

We re-use them as well M&M, cleaning out the fire, separating laundry out in an overnight bag, standing muddy boots on in the hallway. I don't really want to any of these things in one of these £50 self righteous organic designner bags we're all supposed to buy instead

Expatmum said...

I remember years ago that Boots the Chemist's plastic bags said "If buried in the ground, these bags will bio-degrade" or words to that effect. (Never actually saw anyone burying them though.) What happened to them? Why can't other businesses bring them back? They were probably highly toxic or made by small children in far-flung sweat shops, but the idea is a good one.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

A bio supermarket where I buy all my weird and wonderful blog ingredients sells bags made from corn starch. I think they biodegrade...or perhaps I could use them in a recipe. When we lived in China it was terrible to see mile after mile of trees festooned with plastic bags...I can't help feeling they're a scourge and we should (what's another word for 'ban' that won't annoy M&M? Pig ponders...)refrain from making them.
Pigx

ExpatKat said...

Agree with the usefulness aspect as I too reuse, but as Pig says, they are a scourge on the environment. Still, wouldn't fancy paying good money to replace them.
Like EPM, I remember the biodegradable ones they used to have. What happened? Did they all disappear? LOL!

Gill said...

coop ones are biodegradable

Mopsa said...

When you have two whopping big dogs, you make use of all your plastic bags. But I can live with buying cornstarch/biodegradable ones if it means the countryside is free of flapping plastics. Wonder when they'll start making bale-wrap out of cornstarch?

mutterings and meanderings said...

So - instead of banning carrier bags, why don't they simply make them all biodegradable?

That makes perfect sense to me.

But I suppose it's not 'sexy' enough.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Hello stranger, long time no see.

Carrier bags - indeed an endangered species. What do they suggest we use?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry eminem - I have hoarded hundreds [literally] and can send you a few, for a small fee of course.. ;->

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I god my carrier bags here...

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