Baby’s Got a Brand New (Shopping) Bag
So you’re not big on tree planting, can’t figure out carbon offsetting and aren’t ready to retire your current vehicle for a bicycle or hybrid. Let go of the guilt and remember – even small steps can help to save the world.
Take, for example, reusable shopping bags – they’ve never been more accessible (most grocery stores display them conveniently close to the check-out counters) or affordable (many places charge a buck a bag and some even discount your grocery bill if you use them). We like the fact that they’re sturdy and hold about twice as much as a standard plastic grocery bag, which means less trips between the car and the kitchen … plus when they’re not doing grocery duty, the reusable bags are great for hauling everything from beach towels and bug spray to snacks and sweatshirts.
If you’re still not sold on the virtues of reusable shopping bags, you might read this award-winning article from Best Life magazine about the Pacific Ocean’s “Eastern Garbage Patch” – a stew of plastic trash twice the size of Texas that endangers sea life and humans alike. Or, check out Squawkfox’s list of 50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags.
Here’s to making the question “paper or plastic?” obsolete.
Alarming graph comparison of plastic resin production vs. percentage of plastic recycled, courtesy of Best Life magazine.