Plastic Bags

I’m an inhuman monster who likes nothing better than to destroy the planet, ruining it for future generations. And I like to beat dolphins to death with enormous blocks of concrete. Or at least, that’s what you’d think.

You see, my crime is that when I go to the supermarket, I get plastic bags to put my shopping in. From what I am led to believe from the media, this means that I am — like most of the rest of the British public — an evil inhumane monster who doesn’t care about the environment by not using a re-usable carrier bag.

But wait a minute…

…I re-use my carrier bags. I use them, basically, as bin liners for small waste paper bins/ pedal bins around the house. If I didn’t have these to use, I would therefore still need some mechanism to carry my shopping home from the supermarket, plus I would also need to buy an assortment of bin liners.

So this way, I’m surely doing no extra harm to the environment than I would be by generating the rubbish that goes in these waste paper/ pedal bins in the first place. Of course, the concept that some people (indeed to my knowledge a large proportion of people) are already re-using these supermarket carrier bags seems to have passed a lot of people by.

It’s obviously much easier to accuse me personally of destroying the environment than trying to get larger businesses to actually change their working practices, to for example reduce the ridiculous amount of packaging that many things come in. Or reducing air travel. Or reducing energy consumption. Or even just outlawing Jeremy Clarkson…

4 Responses to “Plastic Bags”

  1. mark fairlamb responds:

    i went to the supermarket the other week for a 6 pinter of milk. if i only get a couple of things i usually don’t bother with a bag at all.
    when i got to the checkout (which was plastered in notices encouraging people to ‘go green’) the lady on the checkout kindly put my 1 bottle of milk in a disposable bag for me.

  2. Andy Mabbett responds:

    Er, why do you need bin liners? We managed wthout them for centuries.

  3. JackP responds:

    You might have managed without them for centuries Andy (although you don’t look that old), but my council won’t take my rubbish away unless it’s bagged…

  4. Rob Mason responds:

    You monster!

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