Who wants a paper bin liner?

A newspaper reports that everyone is loving ditching the plastic and that it is all so easy, we can’t understand why we didn’t do it before. quote.

Kiwi shoppers concerned about the looming eradication of plastic supermarket bags are bulk-buying more plastic to line their rubbish bins.

Some supermarkets are reporting a spike in sales of packaged bin liners and are now trying to encourage more eco-friendly alternatives like newspapers so consumers are not simply replacing plastic with plastic. end quote.

Even George Orwell when he was writing the book 1984 could not have imagined how the supermarkets (grocers in those days) would suddenly become the Thought Police, but maybe he should have, because they keep an eagle eye over your purchases and try to give you guidance if you stray from the beaten path.

(Just try telling me not to buy plastic bin liners Sunbeam and you’ll bring out the fishwife in me, one f-word at a time.) quote.

Wholesale supermarket supplier Gilmours said orders from supermarkets for plastic bags and straws had halved in the last six months as supermarkets phase out single-use bags. end quote.

So most supermarkets are phasing out plastic bags and you didn’t realise that the supermarkets would stop buying them? Gilmours needs a new buying strategy, preferably one that sticks its head up above the sand. quote.

“The message about reducing plastic waste is getting through to all levels of the community including caf?s, takeaways and small retail businesses.”

At the same time, the sale of alternatives like paper bags and paper straws had increased 150 per cent. end quote.

Now this is where things start to get serious. In my opinion, you cannot replace plastic with paper. Not most plastics anyway. Plastic is non-porous, much more durable, doesn’t collapse when it gets wet, and of course in spite of the ‘single-use’ moniker most plastic bags can be reused several times. You cannot line a rubbish bin with newspaper.

Oh no? Well, apparently, you can. Take a look at this.

Okay… two questions.

What if you put wet stuff into your bin? (You know, used tea bags, paper towels from liquid spills, rotten fruit). How is this going to hold up?

And… who has newspapers these days anyway? I don’t know anyone who still reads the actual paper version. quote.

Countdown set the ball rolling with its promise to ban single-use plastic bags by the end of the year, earlier this year.

They would, however, continue to sell plastic bin liners in store.

A spokesperson for Foodstuffs, which owned Pak’n Save, New World and Four Square stores, said sales data for bin liners was difficult to access.

“What we can say is that we urge shoppers to consider the environment when shopping for bin liners, and perhaps even use no liner at all,” he said.

For those who were not keen on going sans-liner, a handful of environmentally-conscious stores had both degradable and compostable bags on offer. end quote.

I think we are starting to look at some serious health risks here. Just wait until summer rolls around along with Campylobacter. What happens when your toddler gets his hands into the bin, with all that rotting fruit, potato peelings and no liner? Disgusting. quote.

Meanwhile, smaller businesses were setting up shop, selling eco-friendly alternatives for individuals and smaller retailers.

Eco Straws was one such business – started by Aucklanders Rose Brownlie and Alex Sue after being inspired by a recent trip to Bali.

“We noticed that the bars, restaurants and cafes all utilised reusable straws instead of plastic,” Brownlie said. end quote.

I refuse to use a reusable straw. I just do not believe that they can be cleaned properly but I’ll happily drink out of a properly cleaned glass or a plastic cup.

This is a classic case where virtue signalling goes bad. There are serious health risks in almost all of the alternatives offered here. People are going to get very sick, possibly even die. How long is it going to be before the connection is made between a rise in food poisoning and the banning of plastic bags?