Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Seattle gets drastic on plastic

Seattle's ban on (some) plastic bags starts July 1st. Seattleites will still be able to get paper bags at the checkout at a nickel a shot for the big ones.  Or do what any smart KPLU'er would –

Use the Amazing KPLU Turbo Tote Bag!

But wait – there's more.  In this week's Food for Thought, Nancy Leson swears by the virtues of PCC's shoulder-strap model.  And of course, there's hardly an organization around these days which doesn't offer its own shopping bag.

Full disclosure: I live in Tacoma which so far as I know has no plans to ban plastic bags.  Still I don't think the transition is going to be all that big a deal.  I'm already using my own most of the time.  And when the new reminder app for the KPLU talking tote becomes available it'll never let me forget it again.

Sure, I like that supermarket plastic for cat box dipping but, since I do wear a big hat, I don't think that's going to be an insurmountable problem.   Still, there are some uses for which only a plastic bag will serve...

"For six years I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed."

– Mary Lou Retton