One of the hot topics coming from our southern neighbor Dallas is the banning of plastic grocery bags. This is a practice already partially or completely adopted by cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles CA, Eau Claire WI, Washington D.C., and sister Texas cities such as Austin and Brownsville.
There are lots of issues with plastic bags…. Stores use way too many because of the fear of the bags breaking with heavy groceries, they are constantly found blowing around in parking lots, stuck in trees and fences, and the efforts with recycling bins at the front doors at stores has not been all that successful. Plastic bags are not designed to be reusable and are difficult to recycle. They are not biodegradable.
The darn things don’t even seem to fit well in home trashcans. The only use I see as helpful is making a glove to pick up your pet’s deposit on a sidewalk or yard. But then you just throw the bag away. It’s not likely the recycle bins really want to recycle those.
I predict that McKinney will consider similar plastic bag control measures in the future and reusable bags will become more commonplace.
To kick-start this party, come into Rapid Refill Ink in McKinney and get a free woven, reusable bag until we run out. If you want to purchase ink and toner cartridges while you are here we’re good with that too!
There are lots of good reasons to stock up on reusable bags. Here are my Top 10:
1. You will make fewer trips from the car to the kitchen because reusable bags hold more stuff and more weight than plastic.
2. Woven, reusable bags beat gift wrapping like a drum. Now you can put a bottle of wine that actually costs more than the little skinny wine bag. Better yet, you can put multiple bottles in the bag for even a nicer gift!
3. There is such a variety offered now, you can find reusable bags to match your shoes.
4. You can store various craft projects in your bags.
5. Your kids can put their homework or books in a bag.
6. Woven, reusable bags are cheap, even free in some establishments. (See our Free Bag offer above.)
7. They are a great way to advertise your business and promote other businesses.
8. Use a reusable bag as a trash bag in your car so Bill, our Chief Delivery Boy, won’t get mad at you for littering.
9. Reusable bags are the wave of the future and environmentally correct.
10. Get on the bag-wagon. LOL. Get it?
For more information about the banning and usage of plastic bags in the United States and the world visit http://plasticbagbanreport.com.
Trudy and Bill Whitney are the owners of Rapid Refill Ink, an independently owned retail franchise that refills and remanufactures inkjet and laser/toner cartridges for office and home printers. In an effort to encourage recycling, empty cartridges are brought to the store that can be reused many times. Sustainable and recycled products were utilized in the build out of the shop located in McKinney. Rapid Refill now also offers Printer Repair and Shredding Services. For more information call 972.548.9393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.