Post by Stefan Ram Post by Horace LaBadie Post by Stefan Ram
"A bag like this one - just not of plastic, but of ...
- ... fabric."
- ... cloth."
Many times the material is specified -- cotton, hemp, wool. Bag made of
In fact, in Germany, there is an expression "burlap instead
of plastic!"¹ ("burlap" and not just "cloth"!). This is used
to jokingly describe people who conspicuously carry bags
made of something like a simple raw burlap or canvas to make
a statement like "back to the nature" or against pollution.
Of course, plastic bags are a real problem as too many of
them end up in the oceans. This is especially a problem in
countries with large coasts and beaches. In fact, I expect
that cheap shopping bags made of plastic will be banned in
the EU in, maybe, ten years. I might then use garbage bags
made of plastic when I need a plastik bag, until - maybe
in 20 years? - they, too, will be banned.
¹ The original German expression is "Jute statt Plastik!".
And what about reusable grocery bags made of plastic? Or a kind of paper
tough enough to wash, if you're careful. I suppose they don't make quite
so dramatic a statement. There are also bags woven out of some kind of
plastic (probably water and soft drink bottles, if you believe the ads),
which can be both sturdy, washable and less likely to rip than the
re-usable bags mad of sheets of plastic. They also seem to confuse the
distinction between woven, natural fabrics and everything else since
they're both woven and non-natural.