The state of New Hampshire is going back to using single-use plastic bags instead of reusable ones.
The change is to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. from shoppers using the reusable bags at grocery stores.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu tweeted out on Saturday ordering all grocery and retail stores to temporarily transition back to the use of single-use paper or plastic bags:
“Our grocery store workers are on the front lines of #COVID19, working around the clock to keep NH families fed. With identified community transmission, it is important that shoppers keep their reusable bags at home given the potential risk to baggers, grocers and customers.”
I will be issuing an emergency order shortly directing all grocers and retail stores in the state to temporarily transition to only use new paper or plastic grocery bags provided by stores as soon as feasibly possible. (2/2)
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) March 21, 2020
“I will be issuing an emergency order shortly directing all grocers and retail stores in the state to temporarily transition to only use new paper or plastic grocery bags provided by stores as soon as feasibly possible.”
The bigger question to ask is why go back to a ban on plastic bags? What do you think about this? We’d like to know.
Last year, a Canadian store tried to shame shoppers using plastic bags:
“It’s hard to always remember a reusable bag. We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again.” – East West Market
This could backfire on the supermarket hoping to shame customers with embarrassing labels on the bags.
You can guarantee that these bags will be the desired item for many people with a sense of humor.
The Facebook page of East West Market has several comments inquiring about how to purchase the bags just for fun:
Because Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to ban all single-use plastics by 2021, the stores in Canada have resorted to shaming customers into bringing their own bags to the supermarket.
WHDH reports that a Vancouver-based store designed the news bags with large font and messages that include “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium,” “Dr. Toew’s Wart Ointment Wholesale,” and “The Colon Care Co-Op.”
Vancouver requires all businesses to have a “single-use item reduction strategy in place.
The problem with this is that plastic bags aren’t “single-use” to some people. Many people repurpose the bags as small trash bags or use them to wrap things up to store them. Also, many people use the bags as “poop bags” when they walk the dog.
This is too funny! The store took a photo of two customers who they claim decided to “make changes for the better” by carrying their groceries by hand. Do you see what we see? Their food is in 6 plastic containers and the apples are in a plastic bag. LOL!
These bags could be flying off the shelves as novelty items. Doesn’t that defeat the original purpose?