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Spa City plastic bag ban misguided

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Increasing numbers of communities across the country are banning plastic shopping bags, so it’s not surprising to find a group of environmentally minded citizens calling for Saratoga Springs to follow suit. Their goal β€” encouraging consumers to use the most environmentally neutral way of transporting what they buy β€” is admirable, but their method is problematic. Plastic bags are bad news for a number of reasons. They require a lot of oil to produce β€” ...

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March 11, 2013
9:18 a.m.

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You hit the problem and nail on the head- You can't get consumers to do what they are supposed to do on their own because people are selfish and don't care-
Paper is 10x better than plastic because it can be harvested from sustainable air cleaning trees- not oil which is the only reason we are in endless war killing innocent people in foreign lands.
We need to stop taking other countries oil, and start moving away from fossil fuel consumption at home as soon as possible. Not many people understand plastic is made from oil, so any ban of plastic bags and enforcement of recycling of plastic in general is a win win for all PEOPLE, PEACE and the PLANET !! Our landfils are maxing out at record speed because of our throw away culture. NYS is actually many decades behind states like MA- when it comes to enforcing recycling, energy efficiency incentives, conservation and public transportation and walkable communities initiatives- all efforts that reduce pollution and reliance on fossil fuels- NYS should not be so far behind- we should be leading. Banning plastic bags and (plastic) bottled water- is a good start.