Bag Battle heats up with roundtable, Fred Meyer PDX bag ban

29 Jul

Confession. I almost always forget to take my reusable bags into the store with me. So I end up with far more plastic bags at home than my garbage can needs, or other uses require. Still, it’s good to know I have enough bags to carry all my guilt, even though I do recycle them.

They’re convenient, yes, but a pain in the butt — they break, they fly away, they clutter the environment. Recycling them seems like such a futile exercise, because thousands somehow also find their way down river, into the ocean, into the mouths of fish, wrapped around birds, cluttering up life in unsightly and lethal ways.

Paper or plastic? I always think, paper. But I often answer, plastic (because you can tie the handles and keep your oranges from rolling all over the trunk, for one thing). You know how it goes.

So it’s been interesting to watch the acceleration of efforts to ban plastic bags in Oregon. DeLona Campos-Davis of Small Planet Trading in Hood River wrote about it on her store blog. Environment Oregon is leading the charge. And the Kroger Corp., parent to Fred Meyer, got headlines this week with news that it would ban plastic bags at its Portland-area stores.

I’ll be exploring this issue further — talking with proponents and opponents — but wanted to let you know first about a roundtable discussion planned for Aug. 4 at the Springhouse Cellar in Hood River.Brock Howell, state policy advocate for Environment Oregon, will lead the discussion at 6:30 p.m.

Share your views here, and/or take the poll.

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