Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vote for Hailey plastic bag ban

I was disappointed in last Friday's article "Plot thickens on proposed bag ban" and its strange inferences about the use of reusable bags versus American jobs.

Although there is a branch factory making plastic bags in Jerome, and they are willing to send our plastic bags cross-country to be recycled, none of our local businesses buy their recycled content bags and nobody will go out of business if shoppers start to use our own bags.

The vast majority of their products rely on non-recycled, virgin materials only and, while recycling used plastic film is something they're able and willing to do, it is not the commodity that provides work for their American workers.

Chico Bags, which was heavily referenced in the article as a (the?) company providing reusable bags that are made in China, is far from the only company providing us with shopping bag alternatives.

As a matter of fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a local store carrying Chico bags in Hailey or a shopper carrying a Chico bag for weekly shopping. There are plenty of American or homemade shopping totes and bags to be found for everyone's use, and they will provide the shopper with years of use rather than just one trip home from the store and a walk with the dog.

Now, just try to get yourself that American TV. and car you've been wanting.

Vote "yes" on the plastic bag ban initiative this Nov. 8.



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