Bag O’Shite

Within weeks, plastic bag use dropped 94 percent. Within a year, nearly everyone had bought reusable cloth bags, keeping them in offices and in the backs of cars. Plastic bags were not outlawed, but carrying them became socially unacceptable — on a par with wearing a fur coat or not cleaning up after one’s dog.

The New York Times visits Ireland. Since when was not cleaning up after one’s dog not socially acceptable in Ireland? I thought it was a national pastime. Every time I take the child out for a walk with the buggy it feels like I’m in a recording of It’s A Knockout.

When I used to clean up after a dog, I did so with a plastic bag and a very thick glove, since pooper-scoopers can cramp one’s dog walking style considerably. If the situation now obtaining in Ireland is as the NYT describes, I would have to wear an even thicker glove these days.


1 Response to “Bag O’Shite”

  1. 1 coc February 6, 2008 at 12:11 am

    We use a nappy bag (you have them lying around now anyway!) and just carry to the next bin. No need for gloves or pooper-scoopers.

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