Monday, July 21, 2014

Hemp string bags for New York City; a solution to economic problems in the US

An article in the New York Daily News ("Money in the Plastic Bags" by Corinne Lestch) on 19 July talked about the possibility of the city imposing a fee on plastic bags in an effort to eradicate them; they produce a mess and cost millions to the taxpayer to clean up.
Yet the 'solution' of charging a fee is not a solution; just a way to raise money. So what is the solution? Objectively, it is not right to be simply negative and not offer a positive alternative. So let me step up to the plate and talk from experience; years ago, people in many countries used string bags, 'file' they were called in Istanbul - and they were re-used many times. When it was time to throw them out, they could be recycled easily into paper. And nations that used them were not obligated to source the materials for these bags from other nations; string could be made from many plant fibres, most notably, and easily for the US - from hemp.
So imagine! A patriotic solution (most readers probably know already that the first US flag was made of hemp) - and one that would start an industry in the US using American grown raw materials.
But does the New York Daily News give a damn? The perception exists that for the many years, in fact decades that I have tried, along with others, to get even one little story on hemp for the US economy or the environment in their paper, they do not; it seems they are a bunch of fools spitting on the American dream as they make money off of chopping down trees for paper made, not in America, but in Southeast Asia. And their paper, like the billions of plastic bags in New York, becomes pollution.
What is their solution to my caustic - yet pertinent - remarks? Prove me wrong; write about hemp and help the campaign to grow hemp in America, start a string and string bag industry, and along with it, paper recycling so Americans, not just city slicker reporters working for a billionaire, can have jobs.
Or, they can do nothing; and prove me right.
I implore the reader to contact the New York Daily News and put pressure on them. But only if you want jobs in the US.

6 comments:

Phil Telic said...

The NY DAily News is a joke. We need real stories and involvement, too many celebs jerking off in public get the press to their door while real stories never get printed. Look how many trees got chopped down to make paper to write about Lindsay Lohan or Dara Tomanovich. These are easy stories but real writers do not exist at the NY papers and this includes the NYT, real writers are those who take time to really research pertinent issues. Drunken movie stars and ass models are not real issues. Hemp as a raw material and the economy are.

Don Anser said...

Gotta call the NYDN and get them to work on it. It's a great idea this string bag. The plastic companies have so much power in the press though they would easily get the NYDN to act like jerks and not support it.

Kenyon Gibson said...

I am getting support on this and it may be that it can have a test drive in the UK, where hemp is grown legally all over. Getting the stems to turn into string is the first step.

Phil Telic said...

Why can't the US get in on this? Are the politicians here deliberately sabotaging the economy to China - which has had spies in the GOP and major corporations?
Why should China have the monopoly on hemp fabrics?

MinaBird said...

http://minawear.com/win-free-copy-hemp-victory/

Sign the petition please! Lets get it done!

Carlos said...

This is a great idea, and would be part of the framework for more US paper companies - the bags being easily recycled. Woody Harreslon has a wheat passed paper company now, it is a great idea as he can use US farm waste to stimulate a paper industry. I'm sure he'd use hemp if more pot dealers would donate their stems...