"Because you can't hug a tree if you can't find one."

9/25/2007

Going Bagless

Re-usable bags are not a bit trendy in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Not yet. In fact, I think I am the only no-bagger so far at the local supermarket. The cashiers there humor me, but this weekend clerks at two different children’s clothing stores really gave me a hard time. One of them went so far as to escort me to the exit so she could explain my baglessness to the security guard.

I don’t mind explaining to people why I won’t take a bag, but I don’t have the patience to sit around and hope that everyone else will just catch on.

So I was glad to hear from Ethan at Green Brooklyn that there has been some local interest in banning disposable bags. Some time last Spring, New York State Assembly member Bill Colton planned to introduce legislation to ban petroleum based plastic bags from large supermarkets. And New York City Council member Michael McMahon was planning to draft legislation to enact a similar ban. The information I found however, is months old, so I contacted both the Assembly member and the City Council member to find out whether they have made any progress with these proposals.

In the meantime, I am keeping an eye out for any grass roots organizations working on this issue in New York. If you know of any, or have a plastic bag story of your own, please let me know.

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