Breaking The Plastic Sandwich Bag Habit

Posted June 27th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Kick The Plastic Bag Habit by Crunchy Wisdom

This is a photo of the box of 125 plastic sandwich bags I bought in 2003. There are 17 left, which puts my single use disposable plastic bag rate at about 12 a year. I haven’t always been so good at reducing my waste though. Because, frankly, plastic bags are easy. Sometimes it seems as though you can’t get away from using a plastic bag. Field trips, for example, when the kids are required to bring a disposable lunch. I also pack all of my shampoo and lotions in a sealable plastic bag when I travel in case they explode in my suitcase on the airplane. And they make a great quick ice-pack, right? But plastic bags are a bad habit. One that’s worth breaking.

It wasn’t until I learned that it takes each plastic bag over 1,000 years to decompose that I decided to make the effort to break the habit. I bought reusable containers for lunches, a reusable ice bag for ouches, and started washing out the few plastic bags that I did use so I could use them again and again. I even switched to mesh produce bags, which means, since I bring my own shopping bags everywhere I go, that I’m nearly plastic bag free.

Pollution is a choice. And it all adds up. What’s in your trash can?

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