What are the pros and cons of getting rid of plastic bags?

Note from Editor Amelia Robinson: In a letter to the editor published on September 15, the reader Michael Federer voiced its objections to Giant Eagle’s plan to phase out single-use plastic bags and charge customers 5 cents for each paper bag.

We asked for your opinion. Below is a selection of responses.

“Climate change deniers twist the facts”

Michael Federer’s “greenback” response to Giant Eagle ending the use of plastic bags would be humorous if it weren’t so misinformed.

Climate change deniers twist facts and science all over the place in order to maintain their practical way of life, rather than switching to renewable materials and energy.

Letters:Ditching plastic bags will help Giant Eagle overcome customers one penny at a time

When companies like Giant Eagle come together to become more responsible environmental partners, our community must not only embrace them, but also follow in their footsteps in big and small ways to reuse and recycle everything we can. Families can use fabric bags for groceries, at the beach, to carry holiday gifts, or to shop at any store.

After:Editorial: Don’t waste, recycle more to save landfill space

It’s easy to overshadow the most sensible ways to reduce harmful emissions and save the Earth for our grandchildren. Instead, let’s be open-minded rather than cynical and find other ways to say yes to these solutions before it’s too late.

Barb Seckler, Christopher Columbus

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The “wicked” reusable bags

The idea of ​​phasing out plastic bags has drawbacks:

  • Environment: How many trees will it take to “help” the Giant Eagle turn green?
  • Cost: Groceries are a necessity. Bringing them home is a necessity. Five cents per paper bag to take them home – yuck! I am older. I need my grocery bags lightly packed to carry my stuff home.
  • Sanitation: Some reusable bags will be unpleasant after multiple uses, then placed in shopping carts and on the shelves where we pack our food. Sounds like salmonella, E. coli, or another pandemic to come.

By the way, last year Giant Eagle baggers weren’t allowed to touch reusable bags. Adding the paper bag fee will encourage the bags to be used again and again.

Giant Eagle, please keep the choice of “paper or plastic?”

Joan Buffington, Hilliard

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We don’t need plastic bags

My God, reader Michael Federer is upset that Giant Eagle is getting rid of plastic bags.

Good for the giant eagle.

Giant Eagle plans to stop using plastic bags in its Columbus-area stores on October 20.

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Aldi never had bags. If you want one, you pay for it.

I don’t use plastic bags because I respect what they do to the environment. I have bins, which I acquired by donating to various organizations, such as Partners, WOSU.

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I’ve noticed that people who pack their groceries tend to put one item in each bag and walk out with 20 bags.

Jan Ryan, Reynoldsburg

Plastic bags and cardboard are two things that can be recycled but often end up in the SWACO Franklin County landfill.

Eliminate them

I support the phasing out of plastic bags.

Michael A. Bugosh, New Albany

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