By Meadow Clark for The Organic Prepper

There is now an official War on Plastic.

Why are straws the new “assault weapon” in California? Why is the globe simultaneously banning straws and other single-use plastics? It sounds good, right…just cleaning up the environment for the future of the children.

But could there be a darker, more menacing reason for the sudden explosion of anti-plastic news and simultaneous bans?

Why would the tide suddenly turn against the one thing we were promised was a great new innovation? We’ve been drowning in plastics since birth and in a matter of weeks, every news station is bludgeoning us with what horrible consumers we are to use plastics.

“Green guilt” and penalties are being pushed on consumers in the new wave of eco-insanity. A single-use plastics ban was just approved by the European Parliament.

Have you seen the news? Here are some stats on single use plastic bans.

These states, international cities, and countries have plastic bag bans

  • France
  • China
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Vancouver
  • Montreal
  • Thailand as of 2021
  • Taiwan – all single use plastics by 2030
  • New Delhi – all single use plastics
  • Karnataka, India
  • UK – taxes
  • Chile – coastal cities
  • South Australia and Australian supermarkets
  • Kenya
  • Vanuatu
  • Zimbabwe – polystyrene (like Styrofoam)
  • Morocco
  • Rwanda
  • New Jersey – Pending, and one of the strictest bills

These American cities have plastic bag bans

Many of these also impose taxes or fines for either using plastic bags or even for using reusable bags or paper bags. So the consumer (or retailer in some cases) is further penalized. (source)

Note: Pretty much every city in California has a plastic bag ban. And also Washington, D.C.

BISBEE  AZ
ANCHORAGE  AK
UNALASKA  AK
PALMER  AK
WASILLA  AK
CORDOVA  AK
HOOPER BAY  AK
BETHEL  AK
CRESTED BUTTE  CO
AVON  CO
NEDERLAND  CO
BRECKENRIDGE  CO
BOULDER  CO
ASPEN  CO
CARBONDALE  CO
TELLURIDE  CO
GREENWICH  CT
WESTPORT  CT
WASHINGTON  DC
CORAL GABLES  FL
OAHU  HI
OAHU  HI
HAWAII COUNTY  HI
HONOLULU  HI
MAUI COUNTY  HI
KAUAI COUNTY  HI
MARSHALL COUNTY  IA
OAK PARK  IL
CHICAGO  IL
EVANSTON  IL
DARTMOUTH  MA
WILMINGTON  MA
HAVERHILL  MA
ANDOVER  MA
LOWELL  MA
DANVERS  MA
WESTFORD  MA
GLOUCESTER  MA
HOPKINTON  MA
BELMONT  MA
BOSTON  MA
COHASSET  MA
WINCHESTER  MA
MARSHFIELD  MA
WESTBOROUGH  MA
SWAMPSCOTT  MA
TOPSFIELD  MA
WAYLAND  MA
WAKEFIELD  MA
MELROSE  MA
SOUTH HADLEY  MA
SUDBURY  MA
DALTON  MA
YARMOUTH  MA
ARLINGTON  MA
STOCKBRIDGE  MA
BOURNE  MA
OAK BLUFFS  MA
FRAMINGHAM  MA
EDGARTOWN  MA
ATHOL  MA
SANDWICH  MA
IPSWICH  MA
DENNIS  MA
BEDFORD  MA
PLYMOUTH  MA
NATICK  MA
WATERTOWN  MA
SHREWSBURY  MA
LENNOX  MA
LEE  MA
ADAMS  MA
AMHERST  MA
CHILMARK  MA
AQUINNAH  MA
WEST TISBURY  MA
TISBURY  MA
SALEM  MA
WELLESLY  MA
BARNSTABLE  MA
SOMERVILLE  MA
FALMOUTH  MA
HAMILTON  MA
HARWICH  MA
CAMBRIDGE  MA
TRURO  MA
BRIDGEWATER  MA
NORTHAMPTON  MA
CONCORD  MA
CHATHAM  MA
WELLFLEET  MA
WILLIAMSTOWN  MA
NEWTON  MA
MARBLEHEAD  MA
PROVINCETOWN  MA
NEWBURYPORT  MA
GREAT BARRINGTON  MA
MANCHESTER  MA
BROOKLINE  MA
HARFORD  MD
ABERDEEN  MD
TAKOMA PARK  MD
MONTGOMERY COUNTY  MD
CHESTERTOWN  MD
ROCKLAND  ME
MANCHESTER  ME
BLUE HILL  ME
BATH  ME
BELFAST  ME
CAPE ELIZABETH  ME
BRUNSWICK  ME
TOPSHAM  ME
SACO  ME
FREEPORT  ME
KENNEBUNK  ME
FALMOUTH  ME
YORK  ME
SOUTH PORTLAND  ME
PORTLAND  ME
WASHTENAW COUNTY  MI
HYDE COUNTY  NC
DARE COUNTY  NC
CURRITUCK COUNTY  NC
JERSEY CITY  NJ
BELMAR  NJ
BRIGANTINE BEACH  NJ
HOBOKEN  NJ
BRADLEY BEACH  NJ
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP  NJ
ATLANTIC COUNTY  NJ
TEANECK  NJ
MONMOUTH BEACH  NJ
LONG BEACH  NJ
POINT PLEASANT BEACH  NJ
LONGPORT  NJ
SILVER CITY  NM
SANTA FE  NM
BEDFORD  NY
LEWISBORO  NY
SEA CLIFF  NY
SUFFOLK COUNTY  NY
LONG BEACH  NY
NEW CASTLE  NY
NEW YORK CITY  NY
PATCHOGUE VILLAGE  NY
SAG HARBOR  NY
SOUTHAMPTON  NY
NEW PALTZ VILLAGE  NY
HASTINGS ON HUDSON  NY
LARCHMONT  NY
MAMARONECK  NY
RYE  NY
EAST HAMPTON  NY
ULSTER COUNTY  NY
MILWAUKIE  OR
MANZANITA  OR
MCMINNVILLE  OR
HOOD RIVER  OR
FOREST GROVE  OR
ASHLAND  OR
EUGENE  OR
CORVALLIS  OR
PORTLAND  OR
PROVIDENCE  RI
NORTH KINGSTOWN  RI
JAMESTOWN  RI
NEW SHOREHAM  RI
NEWPORT  RI
MIDDLETOWN  RI
BARRINGTON  RI
MOUNT PLEASANT  SC
BEAUFORT COUNTY  SC
SURFSIDE BEACH  SC
FOLLY BEACH  SC
ISLE OF PALMS  SC
BROWNSVILLE  TX
EAGLE PASS  TX
PORT ARANSAS – SUSPENDED  TX
LAREDO  TX
KERMIT  TX
SUNSET VALLEY  TX
FREER  TX
AUSTIN  TX
LAGUNA VISTA  TX
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND  TX
FORT STOCKTON  TX
MOAB  UT
PARK CITY  UT
PARK CITY  UT
BRATTLEBORO  VT
KENMORE  WA
LA CONNER  WA
PORT ANGELES  WA
TACOMA  WA
FRIDAY HARBOR  WA
SAN JUAN COUNTY  WA
TUMWATER  WA
THURSTON COUNTY  WA
OLYMPIA  WA
LACEY  WA
MERCER ISLAND  WA
SHORELINE  WA
ISSAQUAH  WA
MUKILTEO  WA
PORT TOWNSEND  WA
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND  WA
BELLINGHAM  WA
SEATTLE  WA
EDMONDS  WA

These cities, states, and countries have banned straws

These stats are accurate as of June 2018:

These companies have banned straws

  • Starbucks – replacing straws with recyclable plastic lids for all cold beverages
  • Hyatt – plastic straws only available by request
  • Hilton
  • Marriott UK
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • SeaWorld Entertainment
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Bon Appétit
  • University of Portland campus
  • Waitrose
  • London City Airport
  • McDonalds UK
  • Costa Coffee
  • Ryanair – to be “plastic free” by 2023

Quite an impressive list, wouldn’t you say?

But let’s add to that the sudden explosion of news and studies that finally shows the harmful effects of plastics that were likely known all along.

What we know about the dangers of plastic

Don’t get me wrong – plastics are truly horrible, they always were. But who’s going after the giant chemical companies creating them? Anyway…

  • Plastic breaks down into microplastics
  • Microplastics break down into nanoplastics
  • Nanoplastics are now in food, water, agriculture, air, and bottled water
  • Microplastics are being swallowed in food via the air
  • Mosquitoes eat plastic and it gets passed up the food chain
  • Dead whales are found loaded with plastic waste
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is worse than previously thought with 88,000 tons of waste and is twice the size of Texas
  • BPA exposure happens through skin and digestion from plastics and alters reproductive health
  • So do BPS and other “BPA-Free” materials

But why now?

My question is this: how did all these media, companies, cities, states and countries around the globe know to perform the same exact legislation and negative reports on plastic at the same exact time?

Just something to think about.

Like a lot of people, I’m a conscientious person with a massive guilt complex. So it’s easy for the barrage of news stories to leave someone shaking in the fetal position about the future of the earth. While the powers-that-shouldn’t-be are causing division both abroad and in the homeland, they are also attempting to meld together a united front from all those smashed-up, divided pieces.

A psychopathic system can gain power from causing division among people but also within the individual himself.

Not only are the powers-that-be expert alchemists who leave no stone unturned, but also they are probably 40 steps ahead of us. They are Pygmalion and we are their clay, or so they think.

What is this great cause that would bring the whole world together in a big globalism blob?

The Environment

Earth. Global Warming. Land. Water. Population. Agenda 21.

If I had a dollar for every headline I come across every single day about the urgent need to ban consumer products, stop eating so much, don’t eat meat, reduce the population, etc, etc…then I swear I’d never have to work again.

It’s that obnoxious. What’s sad is most of the population internalizes this bullying instead of calling out the agenda. We are either being indoctrinated through comedic entertainment or watching stone faces and pursed lips wag their fingers at us bad humans.

But there’s something even more sinister than making the world one under the banner of Eco-Unfriendliness…

Environmentalism is just a vehicle for the bigger agenda. The anti-plastics crusade is an avenue to pave the way for…

Cashless societies and microchip implantation

Sure, it sounded like a big conspiracy in years past. But now it’s a reality. Workers in other countries are using microchips to clock-in. How convenient. People in Sweden are lining up to get them implanted.

What better way to usher in more of that than through the demonization of plastics. After all, the consumer is the one being blamed, not the manufacturers. And what do consumers have a lot of? Plastic. Plastic and debt. Purses and wallets today are stuffed to the brim with credit cards, membership cards, and store cards.

It’s only a matter of time before the collective media zeroes in on them. Mark my words. Heck, if straws are the big blight on the earth, then credit cards all the more. Straws are served in restaurants, but credit cards come in the mail when you don’t even want them. Every business wants you on their membership card system.

I could say so much more about how this and other agendas are converging to make the microchip implementation happen, but I’ve rambled on enough for one day. The other agendas are also geared to this goal.

What do you think of my speculation?

Do you agree that the sudden anti-plastic shift could signal the shoo-in of microchips and a cashless society? Why or why not?


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