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Paper or Plastic?

Paper or plastic? That’s a tough choice anymore. For the longest time, paper was the only choice. At some point, the people who longed to save the trees said “go plastic”. Now, plastic is the bad guy because it can’t biodegrade like paper.

Fashionably hip San Francisco has decided to ban plastic bags, which suggests that paper bags are the “green” choice of grocery shoppers. It also seems like a total step back. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t the tree-huggers be up in arms about this? C’mon San Fran.

Maybe I am missing something, but that just doesn’t make sense. Use more trees to make more bags and we are right back where we were years ago. Perhaps it is time for an alternative. Hardcore hippies will bring their own bags – usually made from hemp or canvas, burlap, or just recycled old bags of some sort. That seems like the most logical thing, but obviously that isn’t going to work for most people simply because it isn’t that convenient.

So what is the right answer to this age-old question?


If Gucci made large, reliable bags tailored for grocery transportation, more people would probably remember to bring them with to the grocery stores. Practical, fashionable, I think this could be huge, even in San Fran. Gucci is our answer. Nobody throws away a Gucci bag – ever – in fact, they are usually handed down through the generations. That pretty much nullifies the recycling/biodegrading. Stop killing my planet. Go Gucci. Think about it.

Holy crap I am brilliant.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • uncle bob April 1, 2007, 7:03 pm

    Paper. Who needs trees? This is America. If we need oxygen we can go buy a tank. If we need paper we can buy the recycled stuff. The only thing trees are good for is falling down in my back yard after an ice storm. I don’t need any more stinkin’ messes to clean up in my yard.By the By I have an electric lawn mower. Eat your heart out Leo DiCaprio.Paper.

  • El Gammy April 5, 2007, 5:01 pm

    Gucci? You’ve got it all wrong unholysmith. ROBOTS are the key to solving your little dilemma. Haven’t you seen iRobot?

    We should just use super-strong and agile robots to carry all of our groceries for us. I’m sure most of them are equipped with a bag of some kind, so there you go: we spare thousands of trees so hippies can have something to put their arms around, and the fact that plastic is not biodegradable becomes irrelevant.

    Pfft. If you’re brilliant, I’m a visionary.

  • Mr Smith April 5, 2007, 11:27 pm

    You got me there, El Gammy. Gucci bags probably cost at least 4 to 6 times as much as personal robots. Maybe Dave would know…he probably has one!

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