Plastic Bags Of The Week

The veracity behind Sunstein and Thaler’s nudge theory is amply illustrated by the attempts to ween us off single use plastic bags. I have long objected to having to pay for a receptacle to take away the goods I have bought from a shop. Some shops have shown some imagination by reverting to good old-fashioned paper bags or plastic bags without handles and even old stick in the muds like me remember from time to time to put a bag in my pocket in case I’m tempted to make a purchase.

There are still many though who forget and are forced to buy a bag. A shop in Vancouver, East West Market, is trying to educate the forgetful or the recalcitrant by selling single use plastic bags emblazoned with slogans such as “Wart Ointment Wholesale” and “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” to shame them into changing their habits.

I suppose that it is a novel approach to the problem but it has somewhat rebounded on the emporium’s owner, David Lee Kwen. So popular have the become that they are now a collector’s item, defeating Kewn’s original plan. Never one to miss an opportunity, though, he is now selling canvas bags with the slogans on.

The best laid plans of mice and men, it seems.

One thought on “Plastic Bags Of The Week”

  1. I would be interested to know who profits from the sale of plastic shopping bags. The sensible course of action would be for the store to pass the money onto the government in the manner of a tax but I suspect that the execution of such a plan would have been too complicated to be practicable.

    Why I say this is because I suspect that the stores profit directly from the sale of bags. This would explain why, at our local supermarket, the checkout clerk cheerfully enquires “How many bags would you like?” as if their unbridled use is a normal and fun part of shopping. Our no doubt disappointing reply is to point to our shopping trolley and durable bags, spoilsports that we are 🙂

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