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DUBLIN — There is something missing from this otherwise typical bustling cityscape. There are taxis and buses. There are hip bars and pollution. Every other person is talking into a cellphone. But there are no plastic shopping bags, the ubiquitous symbol of urban life.

In 2002, Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags; customers who want them must now pay 33 cents per bag at the register. There was an advertising awareness campaign. And then something happened that was bigger than the sum of these parts.

Within weeks, plastic bag use dropped 94 percent. Within a year, nearly everyone had bought reusable cloth bags, keeping them in offices and in the backs of cars. Plastic bags were not outlawed, but carrying them became socially unacceptable — on a par with wearing a fur coat or not cleaning up after one’s dog.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/world/eu...p;ex=1202101200


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I honestly don't know why more places don't outlaw plastic bags, or at least encourage the use of reusable cloth bags.

If you ask around your local grocery stores, probably more than one will offer you a 5 cent credit for each reusable bag you bring of your own. So if you bring 5 bags, you get 25 cents off your bill. Bring 10, you get 50 cents off. AND, you don't have to worry about the bags breaking before you even get to the trunk of your car, and you can stuff more stuff in them so there's fewer to carry.

Wal-Mart is even starting to sell reusable bags made of recycled materials. I dunno how much they are though, I couldn't find a price tag on any of them when I saw them, and I don't need any so I didn't get one.

If you have an arts n crafts store near you, you can buy blank canvas bags for about $2 or $3 each, which is less than half the price of what grocery stores sell theirs for with their store logo. (our Harris Teeter's here sells their canvas bags for $4.99 er summat) And if you like, you can buy some fabric paints and make your own logos!

If you're in Canada or have family up there, Loblaw's stores sells reusable bags made of recycled materials for 99 cents, (at least they were last year) you could have someone send them to you :yes:


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More breaking news on consumer protection from the Republic:

"Irish Republic lowers condom tax"

"Condoms in the Irish Republic are among the most expensive in Europe. The price of a packet of condoms in the Irish Republic is set to fall after the government decided to cut the VAT rate on non-oral contraceptives."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7221807.stm

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Exactly. :devil:

I was pretty proud of myself today. I finally cleaned out my old canvas shopping bags I brought over from Germany and took them shopping today. I forgot how much I liked them. They also helped me not to overspend because I decided not to put the overage in a plastic bag.

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Of course, if plastic bags were unacceptable here for shopping, I'd have to start *buying* small plastic bags to use as trash bags.


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I don't even use plastic bags. I have about 20 of the reusable ones and I think that they're easier to carry than the plastic ones because they stand up when I put them in the car instead of falling all over the place.


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Plastic bags are good for the environment. They preserve our ####### in landfills for future generations. :whistle:

yup. Think of them as nesting material for turtles and woodland creatures too. Who are we to deny them waterproof homes?


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Go Ireland!

My housemate and I try to use reusable bags. I usually carry a cloth bag folded up in my handbag so if I need to buy something on the way home from work I don't need to use a plastic bag.

The Co-op supermarkets here I believe sell plastic bags that degrade in a matter of days, which is a little better than your standard variety.

One thing, though...what will dog owners do? :P I know my mother uses all her plastic bags for scooping up doggy business.


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Of course, if plastic bags were unacceptable here for shopping, I'd have to start *buying* small plastic bags to use as trash bags.

I honestly think I have enough plastic bags at this point to last me a few years, so i'm not worried :P


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