Thursday, January 10, 2008

the ultimate burgh innovation: blue bags

Governing Magazine today has a blog post on envrionmental problems posed by the uber-disposable thin plastic grocery bag.

I can't quickly find a clear historical reference for this, but buried in my head is the historical factoid that it was Sophie Masloff or someone on her staff who came up with the idea to get local supermarkets to change the color of their bags to blue so they could be used for the city's recycling program. If you think about it, it really was a remarkably rare bit of common sense introduced into public policy. People would have more incentive to use the program because they would not need to buy blue bags. and I imagine the program recaptures some of the bags that themselves would become garbage. Call it our contribution to the fight against global warming. Maybe some more branding should have been implemented. Is it too late to call them Sophie bags.

1 Comments:

Blogger EdHeath said...

I remember hearing about the threat blue bags pose to marine creatures. I googled about and eventually found this: http://tangledwing.wordpress.com/2007/08/10/curious-sea-lion-wallpaper-plastic-bags-an-environmental-menace/
We recycle our white bags in the bins at the iggle or Walmart and keep the blue bags we get for recyclable bottles and such.

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