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STOP AND SHOP EMBRACES DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BAGS AND TAKES GIANT LEAP INTO THE PAST

At a time when cities and states across America are working hard to eliminate the scourge of disposable plastic bags, our own Stop & Shop on Thacher Road has taken a flying leap into the past by installing a new bagging system in the checkout lines. My husband and I patronize Stop and Shop regularly and we are both dismayed and left wondering why they have changed to a system that actively encourages the use of disposable plastic bags.

At each checkout line, the old chute that extended beyond the cash register to the bagging area has been replaced by a cramped six-sided carousel preloaded with those horrible disposable plastic bags. The idea is that as an item is paid for, the person doing the bagging can put it immediately into a plastic bag, and when the bag is full they give the carousel a quick spin, bringing around the next plastic bag to be filled.

It’s true that this new system makes it possible to fill bags more quickly and may have been a nifty idea in 1977. But this is 2017, and most of us are avoiding disposable plastic bags. This new Stop & Shop system promotes the use of disposable plastic bags and makes it more difficult to use your own canvas or reusable plastic bag. Additionally, although paper bags are available, they are kept well out of sight.

Perhaps the corporate parent of Stop & Shop – the Dutch supermarket operator Koninkliijke Ahold N.V. – isn’t concerned about the terrible damage done by disposable plastic bags. If you patronize Stop & Shop, please continue to bring your own bags, and ask the baggers to use them. Please don’t take the disposable plastic bags.

A plethora of plastic 😦 😦

GloucesterCast 181 With @KimSmithDesigns, Kellen O’Maley and @Joey_C Taped 5/16/16

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Kellen O’Maley Connemara Bay Charter Fishing- Do you get residual business from Wicked Tuna- what type of charters do you specialize in. You went to University of Utah do you use any of the things you used in college to market your charter fishing business?  www.cbcharters.com
A lot of whale sightings Seven Seas Whale, Captain Bill’s, Cape Ann Whale Watching watching
Kellen Seine Boat Update

International Dory Fundraiser

 Ipswich banned the bag- John Hintlian Post-
Melissa Cox Facebook post-
“Today is the day we talk about banning plastic bags in Gloucester! O&A meeting is at 6pm at City Hall in the 1st floor conference room. Show up for or against. The original order was only for big stores but may be amended to include all stores. This isn’t a public hearing, you may not be able to speak. That will come when the public hearing is at full city council. Thank you!!”

Schooner Challenge June 6th  Now including the Adventure people can sign up-

COME SAIL IN THE 4th ANNUAL SCHOONER CHALLENGE!

Marty making the Good Morning Gloucester Movie, and I thought he did an incredible job capturing the spirit in part one
Red Shed Film Festival Tonight andkicks Off The week of Motif 1 Day

RED SHED FILM FESTIVAL AT THE SHALIN LIU THIS MONDAY NIGHT!!

Kim’s movie trailer  donate Kim’s
At Cape Ann TV RULE, Hunt’s TV,

“Pro Video Meet Up”

Matt Harding Coming To Gloucester 6PM May 20

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Where do you stand on the Town Of Manchester’s Plastic Bag Ban?

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January 29, 2014

Impact of bag ban? Thin in Manchester

By James NiedzinskiStaff Writer

MANCHESTER — The use of the plastic shopping bag was formally wrapped up when the town’s ban went into effect at the start of the month, and now, weeks later, some say the difference is as thin as the film the bags are made of.

Meanwhile, the Marblehead Board of Health voted last week to bring a similar ban to Marblehead Town Meeting in May. The board cited waste reduction efforts and impacts on the environment as a reason for proposing the ban.

The management of Crosby’s Marketplace is opposing the bid for a bag ban in Marblehead, as it did when Manchester’s ban went before voters, saying the company has made efforts to reduce the use of both paper and plastic bags.

Such a ban only increases the use of paper bags, which also impact the environment, considering the loss of trees and the amount of water used to produce them, said Bob Vello, general manager of the chain which has stores in both towns. Paper bags are more expensive at 10 cents each, he said. Plastic ones are 3 cents.

To read the entire article at The Gloucester Daily Times Website click here

Kudos to James Niedzinski for including the cost difference in the article.  Too often people make environmental decisions without taking into economic factors at all.  I’m not saying that i favor or not favor the decision by the Selectmen and voters in Manchester, I’m just happy that at least some concrete numbers were thrown into the discussion.

I’d love to know the difference in cost between Styrofoam cups and paper cups because I see way more Styrofoam cups blowing around and trapped under brush for years and years compared to plastic bags.  I’ll give my opinion tomorrow.