Shoppers react to plastic bag ban: Great idea but what about the ‘drippy slabs of meat?’
Chris McDonald is all for city council’s plastic bag ban. He thinks it will condition shoppers to remember their reusable totes.
Shoppers like himself.
“Usually I bring my own, but funnily enough, we stopped here for two things,” said the charity executive, gesturing at the half-dozen plastic bags filling his shopping cart as he left a downtown supermarket Wednesday evening with his kids.
“We actually came here for what, tomatoes?”
“And cheese,” finished his daughter Caleigh, 12.
McDonald represented one of the two most common reactions to Wednesday’s surprise vote: entirely supportive, and entirely regretful to have forgotten those reusable bags in the car, at home, or at work.
“Awesome. I think it’s awesome,” agreed Catharine MacIntosh, an artist and entrepreneur, leaving the same downtown supermarket with her mom and brother — all carrying plastic shopping bags.
“That’s really embarrassing,” she said, laughing. “I have my own bags at home.”
“I do too,” said her brother.
“I do too. I have three of them,” said their mother (but visiting from Calgary, so with a good excuse).
The other most common reaction was a mix of disbelief and irritation.
“They did? OK. That’s interesting,” said Bonnie Crawford-Bewley, learning of the surprise motion that had passed not an hour earlier. “That’s going to be a pain in the neck,” she said, adding she had supported the 5-cent fee.
May Cheng was carrying three reusable totes. “What are you going to do with slopping drippy slabs of meat in your shopping bag?” she wondered.
“I use a few (plastic) bags for things like taking out the Kitty Litter and stuff. You can’t live without plastic bags. We’re going to end up buying them.”
Paul Taylor agreed. “There is a utility there,” he said. “Sometimes you forget. It’s just not practical to totally ban them.”
But some wondered if council should go further.
“Plastic: bad. Ban: good,” said Raelen Trevis. “Maybe they should ban water bottles, too.”