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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Right Way To Get People Off Plastic Bags

Patron Saint of the Nanny State Lloyd "The Bachelor" Levine - more importantly known as The Backstabber - could learn a lesson from this.

All along this old, dead Republican Mayor has said that the market can handle most issues. Lloyd wants a government solution to the issue of plastic shopping bags littering up the place. Mayor Sam has often pointed out how the market has begun to address the issue.

Now lets take it up a notch - get these gals to promote reusable shopping bags and the results will be far greater than any stupid legislation dumb-ass Lloyd could write.

Go Fran Pavley!

Free Ad for Stores that have Free Market Reusable Bags

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, we all know you are getting contributions from developers. Why else would you say you "support" them (6/27/07 3:29am). While we're at it, why were you still awake and blogging at 3:29am anyway?

If you're not taking contributions from developers, we'd like some proof. Please share who has been giving you that $7000 each month.

June 28, 2007 12:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just charge a small fee for plastic bags like they do in Europe, but don't outlaw them. Those big bags can't hold a family's groceries, with leaky milk and messy fruit/meat/ veggies. The skinny girls you show are not exactly suburban moms. They probably don't even eat, except for bottled water, green tea and teeny servings of gourmet meat and salad.

You, 12:05: who'd give any you $$?

June 28, 2007 12:26 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

1226 - I'd rather stores voluntarily pass on the savings they get from not having to buy paper or plastic bags to the customers. This could be an actual rebate or coupon or prize for using the cloth bag. Trader Joe's does that.

HOWS Market sells the cloth bags for 99 cents. The last time I shopped there I bought two bags. Those two bags were big enough and strong enough to carry all my groceies (it would have required 6-7 plastic bags to carry all that stuff). Given the distance I had to walk (I live in a large apartment building with underground parking not a single family house) it was more convenient to me to buy those bags so I could carry all my groceries at once.

Then I gave one of those bags to a co-worker so she could carry her lunch, purse, other crap to work. That saves he from using the paper bags from Starbucks or other stores she used to use 2-3 times until they ripped and she threw them away. I gave the other bag to my mom to use for her travels, etc. saving the plastic bags she used to use. Next time I go to HOWS I'll buy more bags for myself to use on subsequent trips.

Before that, the paper bags were overloading a cabinet in my kitchen and being more than I can possibly use I'd have to throw them away. Now, thanks to the cloth bags, both those problems have been solved.

All in all - HOWS free market approach to recycling met my own needs AND made a small contribution to the environment (lets figure those two bags so far have saved about 20 paper and/or plastic bags from being wasted). Multiply that by thousands of people who shop there each week and wow! Multiply that by hundreds of just grocery stores in California and you've got impact.

And all of it without Lloyd and the Nannies.

Gee, the free market does work! Now apply the same logic to puppies, light bulbs, trans fats or anything else and watch the magic happen.

June 28, 2007 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you have to pay for the bags at Trader Joes. That is not a problem, I thought I would just point it out.

June 28, 2007 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Jack Hoff said:

Good one, Mayor Sam!

Supermarkets have been using plastic bags for decades, and now you point out FOUR stores that "voluntarily" do the right thing?

Where has this free market activism been for 30 years?

Talk about tunnel vision!

Your idea of the "free market at work" is without checks and balances, thus the consumer gets all the abuse and cheaters get rich -- until they get caught.

June 28, 2007 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

oh how you weep for poor Stuart...crushing Levine isn't going to get your boy elected.

June 28, 2007 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Larry Flynt is offering $1,000,000 for any picture of Mayor Sam in bed with Stuart Waldman.

June 28, 2007 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, but one of them has to be in politics.

June 28, 2007 3:21 PM  

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