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Charging for Plastic Bags

The Warehouse (that's kinda like Wal-Mart for you overseas types) is soon to charge for plastic bags. I thought this dicussion (and there's a lot of it) was interesting.

http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/your-views/2009/3/18/do-you-support-warehouses-move-charge-plastic-bags/?c_id=39

A telling comment?
"If The Warehouse were equally environmentally-minded when it comes to the piles of imported plastic rubbish that line their groaning shelves, then we could start to believe that sustainability was a concern to them."

And i particularly liked this suggestion:

"It would be rather worthwhile leaving all the packaging at the store when you shop. Especialy for some products you need a workshop to remove the packaging. Have recycling containers at the checkouts - leave the rubbish in the store, it will become a problem for the store and it will change to less packaged items. Simple."

Comments

Odd. I thought they were in liquidation (the Warehouse, Go-lo, and The Reject Shop are here, at least).

The sheer amount of packaging seems to be the biggest problem though. A lot of the stuff could be packaged in twine/calico/what have you or glass.