I’ll be the first to say that I am not one to jump on any bandwagon and accept change in a hurry. I’d also say that although it might take 21 days for most people to build a habit, for me, I’m sitting firmly on the 42-day mark. But there is one ‘new’ initiative that I’ve been on board with from the get-go because of the bigger picture that it represents: The plastic bag ban at Woolworths and Coles. So in the spirit of #plasticfreejuly I have a little something to say about the people who are protesting the plastic bag ban.
I was actually a little shocked to be honest, at the amount of backlash the supermarket giants received after finally taking the plunge and banning the single-use plastic bag. I mean, they were basically drowning in negative Facebook comments, tweets, Instagram posts and not to mention the poor 16-year-old checkout person who is just trying to earn some cash in their first job, continuously copping a mouthful of abuse IRL on the daily. And what for? Because the two supermarket giants decided to finally do something good for the environment, think about the future, and actually, take some responsibility for what the consumer hungry market is doing to the planet?
And I get it. It sucks when you forget your bag and you drop the Avocados (you put through as apples) everywhere and you want to sit down in the middle of the shopping centre and cry. I also get it that it’s hard not to be sceptical of the whole thing when Woolworths and Coles are now profiting from something we used to get for free but… like they say, think of the children.
Because all protesting the plastic ban bag says about you, is the fact that you clearly couldn’t care less about the world we live in. It says that you favour convenience over the needs of the masses. It also says you’re a giant baby who is looking for someone else to blame when you forget to take your green bags with you. It says you’re someone who likes to yell at 16-year-old kids instead of taking greater responsibility for our actions.
As Novocastrians, surely we are slowly getting used to the process of adapting to big changes. I mean, I remember the days when it would take 5 minutes to drive down King Street whereas now it takes 25 but hey I’m adjusting to that so why can’t we all adjust to doing some good to save the planet?