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U.N. environment chief urges global ban on plastic bags
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 6/8/09 | Grace Chung

Posted on 06/08/2009 8:52:50 PM PDT by Crazieman

WASHINGTON — Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations' top environmental official said Monday.

Although recycling bags is on the rise in the United States, an estimated 90 billion thin bags a year, most used to handle produce and groceries, go unrecycled. They were the second most common form of litter after cigarette butts at the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, a marine environmental group.

"Single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned or phased out rapidly everywhere. There is simply zero justification for manufacturing them anymore, anywhere," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Programme. His office advises U.N. member states on environmental policies.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: environment; globalwarming; obama; plasticbags; un; unitednations
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1 posted on 06/08/2009 8:52:50 PM PDT by Crazieman
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To: Crazieman

What next, CONDOMS ! !


2 posted on 06/08/2009 8:53:49 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Crazieman

But cloth bags mold, darn it.


3 posted on 06/08/2009 8:54:04 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea Totaler)
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To: Crazieman

That’s right, lets use paper from now on. What an idiot!


4 posted on 06/08/2009 8:54:06 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: Crazieman

“There is simply zero justification for manufacturing them anymore, anywhere...”

Except maybe to carry stuff.


5 posted on 06/08/2009 8:55:03 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (doubleplusungood)
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To: Crazieman
There is simply zero justification for manufacturing them anymore, anywhere," said Achim Steine

Clearly somebody without a clue. I, for one, wrap all my garbage in these bags. Any time you see someone claim "there is no possibility of taking a position different than mine", then you've got somebody with a weak position.

6 posted on 06/08/2009 8:56:52 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Crazieman

I wouldn’t mind seeing the demise of thoses plastic bag. Lots of trees in my neighborhood catch those things and all you hear is the annoying plastic flutter in the wind for months until the bag is ripped loose.


7 posted on 06/08/2009 8:57:01 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Crazieman

and just like your typical lib: no solution to replace the paper bag..just emotional rantings to make themselves feel good.

> “Single use plastic bags which choke marine life,

- Herr Steiner, have you actually seen a fish get choked by a paper bag? You haven’t? Then STFU.


8 posted on 06/08/2009 8:57:31 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Crazieman; AT7Saluki; writer33; Liz
"Single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned or phased out rapidly everywhere."

We all come from pond scum - no? Ever see a Piggly Wiggly shopper with plastic bag choking syndrome?

9 posted on 06/08/2009 8:57:44 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea Totaler)
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To: Crazieman

“Single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned or phased out rapidly everywhere.”

This is true. I am all for drill everywhere and drive a full size 89 Blazer. I am by no means an enviro wacko BUT we do need to pay more attention to the crap that we put in the oceans.


10 posted on 06/08/2009 8:57:44 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: Libloather

What are we going to do? Go back to paper?

It’s all a joke.


11 posted on 06/08/2009 8:58:59 PM PDT by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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To: Crazieman

I suggest the, “United Nations’ top environmental official” put one of those bags over his head.


12 posted on 06/08/2009 9:01:33 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Crazieman

13 posted on 06/08/2009 9:07:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: randog
"Lots of trees in my neighborhood catch those things and all you hear is the annoying plastic flutter in the wind for months until the bag is ripped loose."

A 12 Gauge works wonders for those.

14 posted on 06/08/2009 9:08:13 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

These things are great. I use them for cat box cleanup and powder room/den size trash bags.

What would they rather have me do, reuse these as trash bags or buy trash bags that will still be brought home in something disposable.

I think using them for what I do is pretty damn evironmentally friendly but I’m sure some nut will tell me how wrong I am.


15 posted on 06/08/2009 9:18:18 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: Crazieman

I would like to urge the U.N. to take up the terrible task of addressing human elimination. Look, we might be able to tolerate urine for a while longer, but the BMs have got to stop.

I would urge the U.N. to stop first as an example to the rest of us.

In say six months, the rest of us could observe the success of the U.N. and decide to implement this world-wide or for-ged about it.


16 posted on 06/08/2009 9:21:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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To: writer33; Liz; AT7Saluki
What are we going to do? Go back to paper?

I, for one, actually LIKE paper. They fold well and fill my can like a can should be filled. In fact, while checking out at the self-checkout gizmos, I walk around and score all the paper bags I need.

Was that you behind me? So sorry. And I have coupons...

17 posted on 06/08/2009 9:24:45 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea Totaler)
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To: Crazieman

Legalize industrial hemp and make plastic from it. 100% biodegradable.


18 posted on 06/08/2009 9:25:14 PM PDT by USAF70 (America is not 'governed' by the President or Congress. America is governed by the U.S.Constitution.)
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To: Crazieman

If they outlaw plastic bags, then only the outlaws will have plastic bags...


19 posted on 06/08/2009 9:25:35 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Crazieman; All
"U.N. environment chief urges global ban on plastic bags"


20 posted on 06/08/2009 9:40:46 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Crazieman

It all makes sense. The UN, in 1996 produced their ‘biodiversity assessment’ which supported their argument that a few billion people have to die to make the planet ‘sustainable’.

Since the ‘green’ cloth grocery bags people carry their food in harbor any number of harmful germs and bacteria, by banning plastic bags globally, they’ll open up the vulnerable populations to all kinds of disease and disablement.

You couple that with the UN codex alimentarius which as lowered standards of food sanitation and safety globally (it’s why we get poison chinese products in American grocery stores) they’ll apparently get their wish sooner rather than later. They’re evil in their genius.


21 posted on 06/08/2009 9:48:33 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: musicman

No one cares what the UN thinks? Just about every politician in every federal, state or local office does. Why even the mayors of little cities get invited to UN conferences so they can go back to their towns and push UN style global socialism onto the unenlightened public.


22 posted on 06/08/2009 9:50:53 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Crazieman

I micturate on the UN, but I will never paeon them..


23 posted on 06/08/2009 10:00:50 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Crazieman
AWESOME, this means the ole paper mill in Port Townsend might reopen. I remember the paper bags from there. They had a signature on each bag with Crafted By over the name.
Or better yet, we could forget the bags, wrap everything in brown paper with STRING!
24 posted on 06/08/2009 10:05:08 PM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: Crazieman

Ban plastic shopping bags and I’m gonna have to buy plastic garbage bags to replace them.


25 posted on 06/08/2009 10:06:10 PM PDT by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: hedgetrimmer
"No one cares what the UN thinks? Just about every politician in every federal, state or local office does. Why even the mayors of little cities get invited to UN conferences so they can go back to their towns and push UN style global socialism onto the unenlightened public."


26 posted on 06/08/2009 10:08:33 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

Does your local government have ‘green’ policies? Are you in an area where there are ‘traffic calming’ engineers ‘landscaping’ your streets? Are you near a bus or train terminal with ‘smart growth’ housing? Does your local high school have a ‘model UN’? Are there people in your town who ‘strike’, agitate for ‘low cost housing’ or ‘universal healthcare’? If so you might be under the influence of the UN LOL!


27 posted on 06/08/2009 10:32:12 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Crazieman

Okay, what am I supposed to clean my cat’s sh!tbox out with?


28 posted on 06/08/2009 10:41:13 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: All

I’m not criticizing but, one might wonder if U.N. chief realizes that plastic shopping bags are the toilets of choice in African townships. The “duty” goes into the plastic bag, which once filled to the appropriate level is flung far and wide. So, prier to banning plastic bags the U.N. might lay down some sewer pipes, provide running water and toilets to those folks.


29 posted on 06/08/2009 10:45:14 PM PDT by paristwelve
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To: paristwelve

Hey! Some of here sometimes eat while we read/post!


30 posted on 06/08/2009 10:56:15 PM PDT by Mister Muggles
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To: Crazieman

If a study showed that the UN had a negative effect on the environment, would it self-destruct?


31 posted on 06/08/2009 11:54:58 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Crazieman

Some garbage bag manufacturers have been adding cornstarch to the plastic. I have seen some of these bags discarded at illegal dump sites in the woods. Over time they deteriorate into smaller and smaller flakes.


32 posted on 06/08/2009 11:56:34 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Libloather

[I, for one, actually LIKE paper.]

I always used brown paper bags to ripen avocados but I can’t find them anymore.


33 posted on 06/08/2009 11:59:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Crazieman
Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations' top environmental official said Monday.

So use them twice. Save the bags from the store, and use 'em in the car small trash stuff. Use 'em in the kitchen while cooking, to hold scraps and empty meat containers.

34 posted on 06/09/2009 12:47:07 AM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: Crazieman
"Single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned . . "

Plastic that breaks down in salt water would be a technical fix. However, many people don't realize the impact on sea animals when they let go of a plastic bag on a windy sea shore or on a boat. Perhaps more public education would be a greater benefit than losing the convenience of plastic bags.

Cloth bags need to be washed after every use for sanitation purposes. By its nature, cloth absorbs things it comes in contact with. Cloth bags will become bacteria carriers rather than bacteria barriers. Add the cost of washing and drying these bags.

Cloth bags at the check out stand are awkward for checkers to unfold and deploy for holding groceries. This slows down the check out procedure which is loss of money for the market. They are made cheaply with minimal stitching. As these cloth bags age, like anything made of cloth, they will fail, causing groceries to spew out all around the checking area.

Cloth bags do not protect their contents from the rain, which is a necessity when running a cart load of groceries through a rainy parking lot.

Finally, what does one do when they run out of cloth bags at the check out stand? You have to stop, get more cloth bags and these get added to the cost of your purchase. This also delays the checkout process, which is more added cost to the market.

35 posted on 06/09/2009 1:02:21 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The Obama Administration is a blueprint for Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Crazieman
Is it that Obama is marching lock step with the UN or that the UN is marching lock step with Obama...

I get confused these days...

Maybe it is just the United Nations of ObamaNUTS...

Maybe it is just the NUTTY Nations assembly...

36 posted on 06/09/2009 3:03:07 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: jonrick46
This slows down the check out procedure which is loss of money for the market.

Really? How?

37 posted on 06/09/2009 3:06:27 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Crazieman

Originally, single use plastic bags came about because they were cheaper than single use paper bags. Single use paper bags came about so that fluids from meat products would not continuously contaminate the vegetables that the shopper bought. Using cloth bags to carry this week’s groceries that would be in contact with last week’s fluids was unhealthy.
Doing away with single use bags is the quickest way to a trip to the hospital for a case of salmonella or e-coli.
The whack-jobs proposing this are the very same ones who won’t immunize their children because of paranoia over side effects.


38 posted on 06/09/2009 4:13:33 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama = Trickle up poverty)
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However, many people don't realize the impact on sea animals

Myth.

Series of blunders turned the plastic bag into global villain

39 posted on 06/09/2009 4:13:48 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Crazieman

Who made them the boss?


40 posted on 06/09/2009 4:21:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: shadeaud

You mean “single use” condoms. The kind that choke marine life.

The heavy duty multi-use variety are still OK.

Cloth condoms are preferred, of course.


41 posted on 06/09/2009 4:26:00 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: randomhero97

Try a UN resolution. If you fold it correctly it will hold a lot of sh_t.


42 posted on 06/09/2009 4:31:15 AM PDT by Yankee
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To: Yankee

This must be the reason that the Publix clerk now asks me “is plastic OK?” every time I shop.

I feel like saying “No. I’ll just stuff everything in my shorts.”

Politically correct a-holes.

Just to piss ‘em off I double-bag everything.


43 posted on 06/09/2009 4:35:52 AM PDT by Yankee
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To: randog
I wouldn’t mind seeing the demise of thoses plastic bag. Lots of trees in my neighborhood catch those things and all you hear is the annoying plastic flutter in the wind for months until the bag is ripped loose.

That is not a plastic bag problem. That is a litter problem. Solid waste should be handled carefully and landfilled, otherwise it is a problem.

44 posted on 06/09/2009 4:36:43 AM PDT by gridlock (L'Etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: writer33

This is right up there with using one or was it two sheets of tp a la Sheryl Crow.


45 posted on 06/09/2009 4:39:02 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: shadeaud; All

How much do you want to bet he has someone do all of his shopping for him?


46 posted on 06/09/2009 5:20:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Plastic bags are perfect for picking up after dogs.

I would not want to imagine a world without them.


47 posted on 06/09/2009 5:23:15 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: randomhero97

You’re not supposed to have a cat. The UN says their litter boxes pollute the water.


48 posted on 06/09/2009 5:47:26 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

The politicians and bureaucrats here. Federal, state or local, most all of them are pushing UN policies.


49 posted on 06/09/2009 5:48:53 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: enduserindy

I live in Arizona, so maybe I’m missing something...are cities along the coast dumping garbage into the ocean?

How do all these bags get there?


50 posted on 06/09/2009 5:51:04 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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