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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"All bags look alike..." James "Kimo" Rosen

James "Kimo" Rosen is back nitpicking , natpicking, blogging or whatever you want to call it about the plastic bag ban on Kaua'i...

Plastic bags at checkout stands were banned on Kaua'i, being replaced with paper and imitation cloth bags made of plastic bottles in China, go figure...

The county of Kauai has a plastic bag ban at grocery, retail stores, and take-out for restaurants. The irony is the stores have reverted back to using paper, the ban was suppose to be to get people to use reusable cloth bags. The ban has failed dramatically because it was never intended for paper to replace plastic thus taking us 100 giants steps backward.

Grocery stores continually run out of paper and when they do have paper bags they take up many  times the space of the old plastic bags. People re-used plastic, the paper breaks and is garbage as soon as you take your groceries home and now many people are buying commercial plastic garbage liners during these recessed times when  they can least afford it.

The biggest problem is Wal-mart; the largest retailer on Kauai and the social  gathering place of many, sell blue imitation cloth looking bags made out of used plastic bottles. ( seriously check the label)  The icing on the cake is these bags are made in China and everyone on the island and many visitors now have  hundreds of these blue cloth looking  bags made of plastic bottles in China. The  ban was to get rid of plastic, but these  beautifully designed blue bags that look like cloth are made of plastic.

To make problems worse every time I see someone walking with one of these bags I think it is my bag, (because all bags look alike)  believing I have been ripped off since I also use these bags...

The environment did not make out off of this ban, Wal-Mart did because wherever one goes, to the beach,  the grocery store, or to the farmers market people are  carrying large blue bags made of plastic with large type displaying the Wal-Mart logo.

The Advertising team at Wal-Mart made a great move by discounting these bags to .25-.50 cents each. People now parade all over Kauai displaying Wal-marts name and logo, it used to be  business's paid people to walk around displaying their ad, Wal-Mart has us doing it for free! 
Most people wind up purchasing new bags every time they go to Wal-Mart, who remembers to bring their bags especially visitors? The country of China makes out again, we replace another American product with a product made in China  out  of Chinese plastic bottles.
In conclusion, what was the county council thinking?

This blog also appeared an as opinion article in The Kaua'i Garden island news on 09-21-11, "Plastic Chines bottles."Ironically the blog and article both appeared the same day, check it out at;
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_581a3fc8-e428-11e0-b337-001cc4c03286.html



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23 comments:

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"As you can imagine, someone who has a house powered by solar into which is plugged a car powered by sunshine is certainly gonna at least have environmentally friendly grocery bags! LOL!

But trust me, a Mall*Wart bag (which I wouldn't be caught dead with) looks (and feels) very different than a Costco bag, or my San Diego Zoo environmental bags!"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

I agree, the point was they outlawed plastic and brought back paper ... and Walmart thinks their environmentalists with their cloth looking bags made of plastic, they sell them so cheap that people just pay the twenty cents and leave their old bags at home... Kauai is not know for it's brain power, in fact quite the contrary... Last Friday they cancelled a football game since nobody could figure out where the light switch was during a friday night fotball game...

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

p.s. I sent this article to the Garden Island News as a possible Letter to the editor, I am hoping they run it, but many not if they feel it makes Wal-mart look bad, since Walmart is advertising revenue. The paper will diagree with politiciand but doesn't like to cause controversy with their bread and butter...

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

via the Garden island news;http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_581a3fc8-e428-11e0-b337-001cc4c03286.html

Aloha, Check out my opinion article in today's Kauai Garden Island News!
"Plastic Chinese bags." Ironically it is the same article as todays blog, "All bags look alike..."

Douglas Dunn said...

via the Garden Island news;"Ironically?
Uhm, you mean a total coinkydinky LOL?"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Yes, a total coinkydinky ! although it makes me quite pleased!

Anonymous said...

via Garden Island News;"You, Kona Town, Douglas Dunn and Davis D. Danizier like this..."

Anonymous said...

From the comments section of the Garden Island news pertaining to this blog; http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_581a3fc8-e428-11e0-b337-001cc4c03286.html?mode=comments

interesting said on: September 21, 2011, 4:26 am
pretty well written letter, seemed to me

Anonymous said...

via Garden Island News comments page;tikihut said on: September 21, 2011, 7:01 am
do you really think walmart would purchase anything made in the usa...the whole place is made in china....i call the place chinamart...when sam walton was alive it was all usa...he had a flag logo on most of his merchandise....he was proud to be an american ...i bet he is turning over in his grave to see what his heirs have done by becoming china's best friend...."

Anonymous said...

via Garden Island News;"Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts said on: September 21, 2011, 8:24 am
RE: China-Mart

"That's the reason why I buy functional antiques from eBay, Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

Sure their used, have wear and rust spots, so what? Often they're better made Anderson more durable. Case in point is my waffle iron I use several times a month, cost $1.00; 9+ years ago and it was 40+ years old then and built like a tank with rusty chrome spots.

The point is you don't have to buy new shinny Chinese junk that doesn't last. I can buy it if I wanted to do it but find the hunt for good working antiques at a fair price a lot of fun and ship it via USPS- and man they're billions in the hole so they need all the business they can get."

Anonymous said...

via Garden Island News;"truth said on: September 21, 2011, 7:45 am
Kimo, I've got a dozen really cool cloth bags from unusual places. Give me your address and I'll send you a few."

Jean Bornell said...

via email;"WHO is the contact person at Wal-Mart...? future articlesalways include an e let's nail him / with losing jobs for Americansas well as destroying our EARTH I use an LLBEAN tote bag the eco shopping bags do not hold up!!!"

Ltereader said...

via Garden Island news;"Kimo, the ban on plastic bags was not designed to upset you, but rather because they blew away easily creating pollution on land and in the ocean. Not only were they an eyesore on land, birds and sea life (especially turtles) were getting tangled up in the bags and dieing. The bags Walmart sells do not blow in the wind. Paper bags are from trees (renewable), do not blow in the wind, plus they disintegrate in the environment. Plastic bags on the other hand can take over 500 yrs to break down.
And since you're paranoid that others have your blue Walmart bag in the time it took to write this letter you could have painted your name, silly faces, or whatever on the Walmart bag making it uniquely yours. Seriously, you need to get over it and move on. THIS is your new shopping reality. It's done, pau, finito."

Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts said...

China-Mart

That's the reason why I buy functional antiques from eBay, Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

Sure their used, have wear and rust spots, so what? Often they're better made Anderson more durable. Case in point is my waffle iron I use several times a month, cost $1.00; 9+ years ago and it was 40+ years old then and built like a tank with rusty chrome spots.

The point is you don't have to buy new shinny Chinese junk that doesn't last. I can buy it if I wanted to do it but find the hunt for good working antiques at a fair price a lot of fun and ship it via USPS- and man they're billions in the hole so they need all the business they can get."

tacoturbo said...

via Garden Island News; also the above comment from RGGJR was from the Garden Island News;"tacoturbo said on: September 21, 2011, 9:23 am
Geez James Rosen, get a life already. Harping on Walmart's "chinese" made bags is rediculous. How many products do you own or even wear at this moment thats made outside of the US? A bunch I would suspect. I've noticed that there is a whole lot less plastic bags snagged on chainlink fences, blowing around on the streets and on the beaches. That in itself is a major good thing. Oh I know, your supply of plastic bags from your dumpster diving adventures has dried up significantly. Bummer."

billyjoebob said...

via Garden Island News;"I wouldn't say strange.
I would say a blessing !

And the plastic bag LTE, give it a break Kimo.
When I go off island now and into stores I am amazed at all the plastic bags.
I am with the above, I don't use any bags.
I think the council got it right on this one."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Folks, I was posting what I see as an irony on plastic being replaced with more plastic and paper, I wrote this as an update on the ban...

I do not need cloth bags, I have my own, I have been using alternative type bags for many years, I also bike everywhere and probably more green than most... May I recommend those who feel I give it a break to go back and re-read the article. This article was about Walmart making out like bandits, and a little tongue and cheek about thinking everyone has my bag... Aloha, Kimo
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Nicolai said...

via Garden Island News;"Ha"

Nicolai said...

via Garden Island News;"Kimo, the only way the ban on plastic bags impacted me is that I just flat out stopped using bags. I cart everything to my vehicle and then load it in. No biggy. When i get home, I carry it into the house, sometimes using a box. But I rarely use the three cloth bags I own for anything more than transporting items to and from my truck, or at farmers markets. ...don't think I have ever once brought them into a store. And I wouldn't touch those blue wal-mart bags with a 20 foot pole!"

RGGJR said...

via Garden Island News;"I just stopped buying anymore than I could carry, saving a bundle doing so and the best part is the lost revenue to the tax coffers- I like that more than the money I save! :D"

Pete Antonson said...

via Garden Island News;"Jim (Kimosabe),
There are days, like today, that I feel I'm the only one not taking you TOO seriously.
"Keep on truckin"

TheHaole said...

via Garden Island News;"All right!

Kimo's back.

I don't care what some of the posters say about Kimo, I like his humorous tales."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Exactly Pete! Mahalos!


Mahalos The Haole, goodnight, Kimo