At a recent Sustainable Tallahassee Green Drinks event, the sustainability coordinator for Publix Supermarkets told the audience that Publix had no intention of discontinuing use of plastic shopping bags or charging a fee for using them, as they do in many countries in Europe. Give customers a credit for bringing their own bag? No, says Publix we won't do that either.
Meanwhile this link tirelessly tallys
Plastic bags consumed this year:
The place where shopping is supposed to be a pleasure displeases those, who choose to not only bring their own bags for groceries, but would like every shopper to have the choice not to use petroleum-based, non-recyclyable bags in all transactions. Subsequently, many consumers have taken their shopping experience to alternative markets as much as possible.
In other parts of the world, use of plastic bags for retail purchases is often the only option. Until we are able to eliminate plastic bags in their entirety, young women like these in Kenya have turned to entrepreneurship to not only make money, but remove plastic bags from their immediate environment:
We collect these bags from rubbish tips and around our neighbourhood. We clean them, cut them into strands and crochet them into table mats, laptop cases, phone cases, handbags and more, which we sell to tourists. The money generated gives the girls ﬁnancial independence and beneﬁts the wider community. The only costs are protective gloves and boots, scissors and crochet hooks.Unfortunately, there are not enough crafters or customers to stem the tide of plastic bags that are clogging our waterways and sitting in our land fills for the next 1,000 years. I guess after the end of man on planet earth, the ever-surviving cockroaches will have plastic bags to keep them company.