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Forced Plastic
July 21, 2013 - 8:44 am

I went to a convenience store today to buy some big spray and when I got to the counter I said, “I don’t need a bag.” The lady behind the counter resumed putting it in a bag and explained to me that because it is a pesticide, if she doesn’t put it in a plastic bag, we could bother get fined. FINED!! For refusing a plastic bag.  If the content is required to have an extra layer of plastic when it leaves the store, why aren’t they required to package it that way? Fined! That’s ridiculous!


Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
July 22, 2013 - 11:43 am

What’s even scarier is how poisonous bug sprays are in the first place. Are you trying to control bugs in a garden or on your person?


Beth Terry
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July 22, 2013 - 12:34 pm

There are definitely less toxic insect repellents that don’t come in plastic packaging.  I’d also like to know — what is the purpose?  Maybe I can help you find a better alternative.

March 8, 2015 - 10:31 am

Thank you Bizzmckill. There are alternatives to bug spray. I have used some natural alternatives for keeping “pests” at bay, and it is amazing on how easy and effective these methods work. There are different methods and some are better than others.This is why it is great to share.

Gotta remember that most people are learning (including myself) one new thing and way at a time. It is great when we get successful stuff immediately, but sometimes it is trial and error. Don’t give up. What type of bugs are/were you dealing with?

I may be advanced to some of you, but not as advanced to others. That takes one step at a time.…..06/(cloth)

These links I share because? The pesticide company should sell their little poison in a drawstring jute bag, like some cosmetics companies do. The North American governments shouldn’t fine anyone for refusing a plastic bag for the poison they permit companies to provide or push. Ontario, has started to apply laws banning the use of poisons and there is a Fine for using certain poisons (though the poison may still be shipped and on shelves in stores). What??? Supply and demand?

And maybe the store owner/manager should think about some things there as well.

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