Bag Monster Cometh

Bag Monster to protest single-use plastic bags

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Aug 27, 2010  |  Updated 2:08 PM CDT
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Bag Monster Cometh

Patric Alva, NBCDFW

NBC DFW Photojournalist Patric Alva and the Bag Monster.

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Just as people sometimes waffle at the grocery store checkout when asked “paper or plastic” — OK, they used to ask — the Bag Monster apparently had a tough time deciding where to stage his, its, protest against single-use plastic bags.

First it was Flag Pole Hill and then Farmers Market before he and sponsor ChicoBag — which makes reusable shopping bags, so this isn’t all together altruistic — finally decided on Dallas City Hall.

The protest takes place there at 11:30 this morning in case you want to join in the fun.

The Bag Monster, whatever his real name is, wears a costume of 500 grocery-like bags, which represent the average number an average person collects in a year. The protest also includes a pile of 45,000 bags, the average number used by the average person in a lifetime, so on average we live 90 years, according to bagology.

The Dallas happening is part of a nationwide trek promoting the elimination of plastic bags, either through legislation or lifestyle changes. That’s not an inherently bad idea considering all the bags one sees stuck up in trees or floating along streets, carried by traffic-generated wind currents.

Single-use bags, though? The cat would disagree.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He uses the plastic bags as luggage. Yeah, he’s a true sophisticate.
 

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