PETERS – Plastic bags get a bad rap, but we need better options to handle them

WHEN IT COMES TO the plastic bags we get at the grocery store, the term ‘single-use’ may be a misnomer.

Most of the time, it’s really easy to find a second or third use for those bags — anything from lining garbage cans to picking up the little gifts the dog leaves in the backyard.

There are more creative uses for the bags as well.

Here in Kamloops, the Homeless Mat Project takes plastic bags and weaves them into mats for the homeless population.

The problem is, no matter how many times you use them, they still end up in the same place: the landfill.

James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – Plastic bags get a bad rap, but we need better options to handle them

  1. Recycle BC shall find a magic concoction to make plastic (single use or otherwise) disappear? So that more and more plastic can be mindlessly consumed by the great unwashed?
    What about minding consumption? What about starting to think more of the far ramifications of all our actions? Opinion pieces that reach a greater audience should be bound to a renewed code of ethics which promotes goodness and thoughtfulness and altruism and honesty and empathy and environmental stewardship.

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