Kudos to both the Baton Rouge Progressive Group, which wants to eliminate the use of disposable grocery bags, and to Marsha Reichle, who says the reusable type of bag the group prefers won’t end the need for plastic bags because her garbage service requires her put everything into a bag first. How to solve that dilemma?

Here’s a common-sense solution to both problems: go back to paper bags. Paper bags deteriorate much more quickly in landfills. They come in a variety of sizes, so they can be used by a variety of stores and then reused for a variety of purposes once they get home. They come from renewable resources and — ta-DAH — they can be produced in Louisiana by Louisiana workers, from Louisiana trees grown on Louisiana tree farms!

My family has shopped at our local Winn-Dixie store for years, partly because it’s the only one around here that stocks and uses paper bags. And for years I have urged my Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to look for them, too.

Paper is a win-win for both the local economy and the local ecology. Put that in your bag and tote it!


School Board member, Boy Scout leader