Remember when we used to use paper grocery bags? They were big, held lots of stuff and didn’t fall apart easily. But that was unacceptable to environmental extremists; they insisted we had to use the flimsy plastic bags in order to save the planet.
Then a year or two ago the environmental extremists told us, no, the plastic bags were destroying the planet and we had to stop using them. Instead, we needed to use reusable grocery bags. No matter that you had to keep track of the things, find some place to keep them between trips to the grocery store (and remember to bring them with you when you go shopping); it must be done to keep the earth from plunging into the sun.
But now we find that these reusable bags are causing problems (though the trouble is for people, not the environment, so the environmentalists are probably still fine with their use).
According to the Toronto Sun, our neighbors to the north in Canada have done some testing and found that these reusable shopping bags are an illness waiting to happen:
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association hired two independent labs to conduct what it said was the first study of so-called eco-friendly grocery bags in North America, and found 64% of them were contaminated with some level of bacteria.
Forty per cent of the reusable bags tested had yeast or mould, and some had detectable levels of coliforms and fecal intestinal bacteria when there should have been none, said Dr. Richard Summerbell, who was commissioned to evaluate the lab findings.
The problem is similar to a situation where bacteria can be transferred from kitchen countertops and cutting boards to foods, and the more waterproof the reusable bag is, the more likely it is to become a breeding ground for bacteria, Summerbell said.
Nothing like a little fecal intestinal bacteria to start your day right, eh?
Yeesh! Glad I haven’t jumped on the latest environmental bandwagon and run out to buy a bunch of these things. If it was up to me, I’d go back to chopping down more (renewable) trees and bring back the paper bags full-force.
And some people wonder why I never get excited about the latest pop-culture “wisdom.” Today’s “savior” is usually going to be tomorrow’s killer.