Plastic bags: the brainwashing is going well

It was with both horror and some amusement that I read Ex-PFC’s?excellent article?about how dog owners in Queenstown were unhappy with the local council because they were providing plastic bags for dog owners to dispose of their dog droppings.

Yes. Local dog owners’ biggest concern seemed to be that the bags provided for dog droppings were not compostable.

Really? Is biodegradability more important than not getting your hands, your clothes and everything else covered in dog faeces? Think about the water and detergent required to clean up this mess. Think about the risk of disease and infection.

But it is much more important not to have a plastic bag. Truly, it is.

Have I ever told you that I think the world has gone mad?

I love dogs, but disposing of their droppings is the one thing that would probably put me off ever owning one again. I hate a pile of steaming doggie doo on the footpath as much as anyone, but having to pick it up and dispose of it is probably a bridge too far for me.

Not for the dog owners of Queenstown though.

On an evening flight from Nelson to Wellington a few months ago, I encountered a sassy young virtue signaller who refused a drink of water because the cup was plastic. (Oh God. Where is the bar service when you need it?) He was quite… what is the best word here… snotty about it. The stewardess pointed out that the cups are recycled, but his high level of virtue signalling would not allow him to make any concessions whatsoever. So, happily perched on the moral high ground, he went back to playing with his iPhone.

Which, of course, is almost entirely made of plastic. Irony is completely lost on these people. So long as it is not a plastic cup or a plastic bag, that is okay. Believe me.

Most of us fully understand the irony, or more accurately, stupidity, of such virtue signalling, but it isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Today, I opened up the office copy of the DomPost, which is delivered daily.

It was wrapped in not one heavy clear plastic wrapper, but two.

The plastic is much thicker than supermarket bags, and totally unrecyclable so it goes into the landfil, when a supermarket bag could be reused many times.

Fortunately, not many people get the paper version of the DomPost these days. (Not many people read it on line either) so I guess the recycling issue (or lack of it) is not a major one.

But take a look at this:


Credit: Nige

This is the plastic packaging involved in one cupboard handle. All unrecyclable. All to be thrown away.

It probably doesn’t look like a big deal, until you count up the number of cupboard handles in your kitchen. I have just counted up to 16 in mine and mine is a small house.

But that is all okay, so long as nobody has plastic bags from the supermarket.

Once again, the stupidity of the whole situation has me banging my head in despair.

But if anyone gives me hope that the world is not completely lost, it is the people on Whaleoil.

Nige asked the question on Backchat last Thursday about plastic bags. It was – quote:

What other uses do you have for plastic bags other than the usual bin liner etc?

And…what the heck am I going to do when I over fill my Chinese food container? end quote

And the answers that came back were inspiring.

Here are just a few of them. For the whole list, go?here?quote:

you put one on your feet to easily step into a tight or damp wetsuit.

Same goes with gum boots.

I wrap my work shirt in one, so when I take it to work in the same bag as my lunch (mostly left over dinner), if there is a leak, hopefully my shirt is not covered in left overs. I also use another one to wrap lunch.Sometimes I can use the same bag for months.

Essential for testing a barometer to see if it works….put the barometer in a bag, blow it up like a balloon, seal the end and apply pressure to the bag and hence the barometer and see if the pointer moves up.

A couple of weeks ago I saw the local alleged Pedo be taken away by Police for questioning. When they dropped him off, he gave the nice lady policemen a heap of big fat lemons from his tree, in a plastic shopping bag. So add bribery as a possible use? end quote..

Ah yes! Lemons! Although they are not the worst thing to be transported by a reusable bag. quote:

I have used plastic bags many times to put over my boots when I am tramping and doing shallow stream crossings. Of course you need to check that they have no holes first.

At home I’ve used the bags to make poi’s for the kids, with some tape they make great indoor balls, they have held so many jigsaw pieces along with lego. They are great for storing papers in as well as putting lunches into for the kids. There is nothing worse than when the dogs dry food bag gets a hole in it…. plastic bags to the rescue and lets not forget that these single use bags are perfect for storing other single use bags in.

I get asked for these single use bags everyday at the Quarry as people need them to pick up dog poo end quote

Yes. Not surprised. Obviously not Queenstown then.

But my favourite comment is this one. I’m stashing mine too (my local Countdown has not phased them out yet, although it won’t be long) but this makes total sense to me. quote:

Save them up and become a supplier for the impending black market 😉 end quote

Thanks, Ish. Whaleoil people are pretty enterprising. Maybe we should get together and form a co-operative?