Philly.com – Philadelphia area bloggers are on a one-day blitz today to push for a plastic bag ban in the city. The idea comes from Beth Funari and Julie Hancher, who write the Green Philly Blog. Beth got her start in the green world as a kid. She was appalled by litter. Now, she writes, “My philosophy is that you don’t need to go full-throttle tree-hugger to be a better citizen of the earth. Awareness of how we use everyday resources is one of the first steps to making a difference.” Julie says she knows she can’t change the entire world on her own, but “I believe I can help others to start taking small actions.” And now they want a big action: a ban on plastic bags in Philly. City council had considered one, but the measure failed. Last year, Councilman Kenney said he might take another crack at the legislation this year, but so far, no go. “Yet, Mayor Nutter has declared consistently that Philly is going to be the #1 greenest city in the US,” Beth and Julie write in their post today. “We, Green Philly Blog, were frustrated when with this defeat 3 years ago, but decided to unite our amazing Philadelphia Bloggers to address this issue on their blogs, social media outlets and in person. Together, we can reach a wide audience of Philadelphians.” They’re urging other bloggers to take up the cause today, so keep an eye on their blog to chart progress. Also, they’ve started a petition on the social media site, www.change.org, which I wrote about recently in this column. As of a few minutes ago, the petition had 38 signatures. Nicole Jones signed and wrote, “I work and shop in Philadelphia. I see so many plastic bags littering the already dirty streets.” Lauren Leonard wrote, “Hate plastic bags, love a clean, green city!” Other cities have tried for fees or bans, with mixed success. The industry pushes back hard, naturally, in some cases filing legal action. It promotes plastic bag recycling as an alternative.
First of all this is a shitty article because nowhere does it tell me WHY plastic bags are bad. Is it just because they’re everywhere? Bitches with bad taste and muffin tops are everywhere and nobody’s talking about banning them. Let’s all take a breath for a second and relax with all the anti-bag talk.
I don’t care that there are literally hundreds of plastic bags stored under my sink as I type this. I want more. I need more. How do these bloggers expect me to carry groceries home? Paper bags don’t have any goddamned handles. And the ones that do — you can’t trust ‘em because they’re made of paper. And no way I’m bringing my own bag to the market myself. This is America. Stores have been getting over on customers as it is and now we’re gonna let them wipe out their plastic bag budget? No way we see those savings. That money’s going right in Mr. SuperFresh’s pockets.
Nice work promoting this nonsense and racking up a whopping 38 signatures, local environment bloggers. Philadelphians know stupid when they hear it. Plastic bags now and forever.