On Saturday April 30, I had my portable ‘Be Plastic Bag Free’ display at a booth on a belated Earth Day event in North Charleston. The goal was to collect signatures from citizens who agreed with the notion of banning plastic shopping bags. Overall, the response was terrific with many comments from people saying they hated plastic bags. At one point, there was even a line of people waiting to sign the petition. Out of all the visitors with whom I spoke, I received only two negative responses. One from a gentleman who worked for a chemical company but very politely declined to sign and the other from a lady who said that plastic bags were too convenient to give up! I pointed out all the negatives about plastic bags, not the least of which is the danger to birds and animals. The lady looked at me with distain and reiterated that carrying her own shopping bag was just too much of an inconvenience.
After the event, as I drove back home along Hwy 17, I pondered the woman’s attitude to inconvenience. What is inconvenience? It seems to me that real inconvenience is being dragged from the comfort of your home and family, dressed out in a hot uniform with a 400 pound back pack to spend months in 120 degrees of hot humid desert in order to protect your country. Carrying your own shopping bag in order to make a contribution to protect the planet is not my idea of inconvenience. Goffinet McLaren