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Taking a stand against plastic shopping bags – Boomerang Bags

If you're still relying on plastic shopping bags, then you're part of the problem.

Until we can get a statewide ban on plastic bags, we need to come up with clever ways to limit the number of plastic bags uses on a daily basis. In order to do that, we need to be creative. One initiative that is currently underway in Australia sees environmental activists (One Million Women) taking discarded clothing and upcycled the remnants into reusable shopping bags.

Australians use over 10 million plastic bags every day. Boomerang Bags is an incredible Australian initiative tackling this mammoth problem in a wonderfully unique away!

The way that Boomerang Bags works is relatively easy. People donate their used clothing, which is then repurposed. There are bins at the local markets, where shoppers can pick up the bags (when they forget their own). Upon returning to the market, the bags are returned to the bins, hence “Boomerang Bags”.

At this point, one of the only things standing in the way of banning plastic bags is the concern that low income shoppers would not be able to afford to purchase reusable bags. It’s time to stop using this excuse as a way to keep plastic bags in circulation. By doing so, we are ruining the environment. We need to be proactive when it comes to our reliance upon plastic bags.

To realize how grave this situation has become, just stand at a checkout lane at any given supermarket, and watch the sea of plastic bags being rolled away in shopping carts. If you are not using reusable bags by this point of time, then you’re part of the problem. It’s time to get our collective act together on this one. No more excuses.

At the same time, supermarkets have got to start creating awareness campaigns. They are the source of the problem, and it’s up to them to help curb this mounting environmental disaster.

Somehow, someway, we need to come together to solve this problem. Whether it’s jumping onboard with Boomerang Bags, or coming up with awareness campaigns, the time is now to curb your over-dependence on plastic shopping bags.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • ChronicWestSider

    It really bothers me how few items cashiers even put into a plastic bag. It is almost as if they are in a contest to see how many bags they can use in a given day. I use reusable bags 99% of the time.the other 1% I don’t need a bag at all and tell the cashier, “I don’t need a bag.”

    • Bridget

      I do the same thing. I’ll buy one item at a Walgreens or somewhere and the cashier will put it in a plastic bag. I then say ‘Oh, I don’t need a bag.’ and the cashier will take my item out of the bag and then throw the bag in the garbage!! I guess I should be saying this before this happens! Nutty.

    • OldFirstWard

      “It really bothers me how few items cashiers even put into a plastic bag. It is almost as if they are in a contest to see how many bags they can use in a given day.

      I doubt it’s a contest, more likely just stupidity. Boys are the worst baggers, girls do a much better job. Personally, I think bagging is problem solving. It should be a given as a dexterity test for admission to City Honors. A majority of kids just can’t figure out how to fill a bag, and to fill it with like items. It does require fast thinking and intelligence.

    • Johnny Pizza

      I will group the stuff I want in each bag on the conveyor to avoid any confusion and to avoid someone putting the canned goods in with the bread. Nothing worse than smashed bread.

  • ZEBRA9

    Many people reuse the plastic bags for home small garbage pail or for walking the dog. There are lots of biodegradable bags available on the market, they are cheap in bulk. I believe pet stores and socially conscious food stores should give them away or at least stock them at a reasonable price. They can be ordered online.

    • Debra Kroening

      I think the answer is a combo of using reusable bags and biodegradable bags. As said, people need them for garbage, the litter box, walking the dog, etc. Unreasonable to think that all plastic bags can be eliminated. If stores switched to biodegradable bags and charged a few cents for each bag I would have no problem paying for it.

  • Johnny Pizza