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August 21, 2016 Pat's View: Getting Green
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By Pat Cashman

Mike is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously. He says he has recently started recycling newspapers each week. “Entire newspapers?” I asked. He shook his head. “No, “he admitted. “ Just your columns.”

Then I remembered that he only reads newspapers on-line.

I asked him what he thinks about Seattle’s ban (since 2012) on plastic bags at grocery and drug stores.

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“I think it stinks,” Mike said. “I know that all the “greenies” want everybody to carry canvas sacks around everywhere they shop---but not me.”

He’s not really a rebel. He has severe canvas allergies. “That’s why, “ he says, “I bring my OWN plastic and paper bags with me to the store.“

He figures that if everybody simply re-used the plastic and paper bags already in existence they would never wind up in the landfill, would not be an environmental concern---and “we could put Big Canvas out of business.”
Meanwhile, when Mike goes to the store to buy plastic bags, he brings a paper bag to carry them home in.

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