Well, here we are, the New Jersey bag ban has begun and you won’t get one of those evil single-use plastic bags when you leave your local grocery store or convenience store anymore.
But rest assured, somewhere a bird or a turtle lives another day because of it. You know who else is going to live, or as Mr. Spock would say, “Live Long and Prosper”? The companies that manufacture the bags.
A few weeks ago, I gave you a stock market tip to buy Clorox Company or Reynolds Consumer products, or both. They are the makers of the Glad and Hefty trash bags respectively. They will be the bag of choice for those who have forgotten the bags.
But what if these companies made boxes or 5 or 10 bags for a few dollars? How many people who forgot to bring their own or just want to antagonize the powers that be in New Jersey would buy them for convenience?
Sure, there are those who will scoff at the idea of paying a few bucks for bags we once got for nothing, but there are also those who would rather “pay the two bucks” and enjoy the convenience.
Even if Governor Murphy and his Renown gang want to believe otherwise, the bags aren’t going anywhere, they’re just taking another form in New Jersey that will cost us more. After all, costing us more money is what New Jersey is all about.
I asked my followers what they thought of the Jersey bag ban.
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