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In the bag?

The Beagle Editor,

It is being said in news articles about the Coles’ “bagflip” that we can't trust the big corporates to do the right thing for our health and that of the environment but please remember that those damned plastic bags and other pollutants don't get into the environment on their own - some irresponsible human put them there!

Taking this debate to another level, what do you reckon would be the reaction if Coles and others simply stopped stocking products from more than say 5,000 km away, or with un-recyclable/excess packaging, or containing unhealthy levels of sugar, or produced by under-paid workers, or genetically modified, etc., etc.? Our choice-making would be much simpler in every aisle but even if these measures might help reduce obesity levels and other problems, they wouldn't work very well, would they?

In the meantime, while we are all hoping someone else is working to find better solutions, nobody is preventing shoppers from declining the option of taking free or priced plastic bags at the checkouts........and nobody is forcing those who do use them, to ultimately dispose of them irresponsibly.

Jeff de Jager


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