bag it again, sam!
Or don\'t you want to stop the cashier from putting a pack of gum in a yawning plastic bag?
If you are like most Ontario people, you may often commit such an environmental faux pas, although most of us know that it may take 1,000 years for us to break down using plastic bags only once or twice.
But this ecological dilemma
Guilt is often not enough to arouse our memory, nor is it enough to cause us to stop using plastic --
Despite our best intentions, the cashier was very happy.
So the welcome news is that the Ontario government is teaming up with recycling groups, grocery stores and retailers to cut the consumption of plastic bags by half in five years.
With a little stimulus, most consumers will do the right thing and reduce unnecessary use.
Anything that reduces the 7 million plastic bags we take home every day is a step in the right direction.
The project released this week by Environment Minister Laurel Broten should do so.
It aims to encourage the use of reusable bags and bins through incentives such as bonus points and cash rewards.
In addition, it will promote recycling through educational activities, prevent the use of plastic bags, and provide moderate support for research projects on packaging issues.
Its theme could be \"pack it up again, Sam!
\"-Apologize to Casablanca for the film.
But unlike cities like San Francisco, Ontario\'s projects will be voluntary and correct. San Francisco banned plastic bags directly from grocery stores and large pharmacies.
After all, sometimes plastic bags are more than just a convenience.
Just like you buy books on rainy days.
Or when you don\'t want your chicken sprinkled on tomatoes on your way home from the store.
Consumers and retailers are more likely to change their attitude and behavior towards carrots than sticks.
Why is it worse?
When points and other good things can be done as well, submit the legislation?
Many cities are struggling to manage garbage, and Queen\'s Park says it may still take mandatory measures if desired results are not seen, such as mandatory charges for plastic bags, or even outright bans.
Hopefully this will not happen.
Many major grocery stores already sell reusable bags at moderate prices.
Others charge a small fee for plastic bags.
This is a good start.
Now retailers should focus on training employees to avoid unnecessary duplication
Pack Bags and pack reusable bags in an efficient and hygienic manner.
More stores should store biodegradable plastic bags for green bins and dog walkers.
Change will not come overnight.
But as awareness grows, some incentives and convenient alternatives, more consumers may say no to plastic.