The Instigator
paramore102
Con (against)
Winning
22 Points
The Contender
Lucky120
Pro (for)
Losing
19 Points

Ban plastic bags in grocery stores

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paramore102
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/11/2009 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 2,960 times Debate No: 10076
Debate Rounds (3)
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paramore102

Con

This shall be an interesting topic to debate I always go pro this time I will go con. I would like to thank whom ever is going to take me up in this debate. I'm excited to see what my opponent has to say.
Lucky120

Pro

Actually i have to say if I am for banning plastic bags then I think that it is a good idea. TO be honest no one really carries plastic they always want paper so why have plastic bags in the stores. i have worked at a grocery store and every person i had to check out asked for paper i thought it was weird, but yes I think that it should happen. There is no use for it and plus it tears faster.
Debate Round No. 1
paramore102

Con

A ban could also cause a switch to an undesirable substitute.I don't think that paper isn't a better option, neither are biodegradable bags. Simply using reusable bags is the best option and the best option amongst them are the jute/burlap bags.

>jute/burlap bags are mini burlap bags for that rugged natural look. Use the double-knotted string at the very top to close the bag. These bags have a strong burlap aroma.<

Introducing a levy would definitely assist with the transition to using reusable bags as opposed to the voluntary approach the Ontario government is taking.

Good luck to my opponent, im looking forward to this debate.
Lucky120

Pro

True, but if we throw away paper it is a lot better, for the simple fact that look at what is making all these paper bags. i mean these bags are basically made out of high polyethylene and not to mention they are harmful to children. The reusable bags that are mentioned take more to make and more money, so basically we are spending more tax money making the reusable bags more than anything, but reusable bags are less harmful to the environment so I give you that one.

Good luck!!!
Debate Round No. 2
paramore102

Con

-why would a children be able to get hold of one of the reusable bags or a plastic on with that it is the respoibity of the parent not the person who distributes the bags.
- making paper requires cutting trees, using lots of energy and chemicals which spill into our eco-system
- recycling paper is expensive and it further creates more chemicals - the paper becomes weaker and can never be used for the same purpose again - it loses it's strength each time it gets recycled
- the reusable bags at the grocery store is made from plastic - 100 times more plastic than 1 poly grocery bag (if you use your reusable bag 100 times, you're breaking even)
- the reusable bags can't be recycled and unless you can sew, it won't carry your groceries 100 times
- most grocery stores will take back your poly bags and recycle them
- recycling poly bags is cheap, it takes very little energy and no chemicals
- there is a very common oxo-biodegradable alternative which is cheap and it's designed to allow people to reuse the bag and degrade when it's exposed to the environment - it's also recyclable when it's mixed with regular poly

Why not reuse your free plastic grocery bags and then recycle them at the grocery store when they start to break?

Ultimately, it's not what we use but how we use it and dispose of it that will make a difference. Most of the plastic garbage that animals ingest are not just plastic bags - plastic bottles and containers, plastic forks, plastic diapers etc. Most of the litter is from less developed countries with very poor garbage disposal systems. Whether you ban plastic bags in North America or not will make very little difference to the plastic litter situation.
Lucky120

Pro

Well sometimes children can get to things that are far away or put up. True paper kills trees, but they don't rip as bad when you have milk or something very heavy. Some stores do not take bags that break that is the problem it depends where you live and what policies the store has. Yeah reusable bags are great, but at what cost? Everything kills something now days so they can make something else.

This is all I have to actually say now. This debate was fun and I liked it. thank you.

Good luck
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by philosphical 7 years ago
philosphical
go CYNDI!!!
Posted by Koopin 7 years ago
Koopin
I agree with Pro
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