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Remember, we can make change convenient

Dear Editor:

We all fear change. But remember the change we all made from paper to plastic?

Remember the first time we heard, “Paper or plastic”?

Remember the first time you heard that we needed to save trees and use plastic bags?

Remember the first time you thought it was so easy to carry a bunch of plastic bags in one hand and they needed no folding, just throw them away or wad them up in a drawer?

Why did stores stop asking, “Paper or plastic?”

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Would it be hard for stores to ask, “Did you bring your own bags?”

Stores could have fun instant prizes for the most innovative self-bag user announced over the PA.

The city could get green volunteers to secret-shop stores who put their plastic bags more out of sight (like in Europe) and prompt for self-bag use and the best stores are awarded something. Have a competition between City Market and Clark’s or all other stores of a certain ilk and bring that spirit to our daily lives.

Increase awareness. Give us a choice. Make it fun. Stop the arguing and move forward. We made the switch to plastic because it was convenient and were given no education. Make self-bags convenient.

We all like convenience.

Paul MacFarlane

Aspen