About a year ago, following a trip to the grocery store, I looked around my kitchen and saw the carnage of my trip – an armload of plastic bags. My city had stopped accepting them in the recycling (because it supposedly takes too many bags to create enough volume to recycle), so I had been saving them… and the area under my sink was ready to explode. So I made the decision to make a change. I bought reusable non-woven poly bags… one dozen of them, at a whopping cost of $12! That is sarcastic, of course, because it is the best dozen bucks I ever spent.
When you think about the number of bags that wind up in your house on a weekly basis, it’s no wonder EPA data has placed the annual worldwide usage of plastic bags somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion! They’re a horrible source of litter, they don’t biodegrade, they end up polluting landfills and waterways, and they affect animals, the earth, water supplies and… (surprise, surprise!) …us! I can hardly respond to that. It’s just mind boggling. So yeah, I’ll do my part.
Of course, I saw a decrease in the volume under the sink, but it still filled up with all of the other retail bags… Children’s Place, Old Navy, Target, Walgreen’s…a big colorful tower of MORE BAGS! So, six months ago, I went one step further. I bought a few more bags specifically for non-grocery shopping. There is not a situation on the planet that I don’t have a reusable bag to accommodate, unless it’s simply too large to use a bag. After they’re brought into the house and unloaded, they go right back to the car…never to be forgotten when another shopping trip pops-up. Sure, I’ve been all the way inside a store on occasion and remembered that they are still tucked away in the car so, yep… I roll my eyes at myself and hoof it back to the car and get them. It’s worth the walk.
Please join me. Buy reusable bags. It’s a wonderful first step.
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