Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Treading Lightly


Did you know that 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags are produced world-wide each year? The negative ecological impact from just producing these bags is alarming, but then where do they end up? Sure, some are reused to line garbage cans or to ‘scoop poop’, but in the US alone 100 billion plastic grocery bags are thrown away annually. That’s a lot of bags eventually ending up in landfills and spilling out onto every other surface of the planet, choking and suffocating countless numbers of marine seabirds and mammals.

But there is good news! This is one environmental problem that isn't complicated. Each of us can make a difference by using reusable cloth bags when we shop.

In the past few months I’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number of us carrying our own bags into the grocery store. Hurray! It’s just another small step, like purchasing free-range eggs (see last post) that shows the planet we care.

Now, if I could only remember to lug-a-mug when I go to coffee shops...

I’m working on it.

Shelley

12 comments:

giggles said...

Good afternoon Shelley! I am feeling much better thank you!

You post is very enlightening and so true. I am delinquent about using cloth bags. Albeit we do use lunch bags but they constantly need laundering because of sticky spills. We end up lining the cloth bags with the plastic, in fact I often feel short on them! I need to keep cloth bags in the car at all times that may remedy it.

Check out this real cool post, crocheted plastic shopping bags. I think they would make marvelous bags to cart to the grocer. I just haven’t had time to make one yet! However I proposed something about cloth bags to a friend. I’m hoping to make a request to the supermarkets.
Check out the cool grocery bags

Hugs Sherrie

Leslie said...

Hi Shelley

Your blog reminds me of parts of a book I am presently reading "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman.It talks about what our world would be like in the future if all humans were gone tomorrow. What would happen to our homes, our huge cities like New York, the environment and how long would it take to revert back to pre-human times. It interests me that bronze and plastic would be among the last things to go. The United States alone produces 250 billion pounds of plastic each and every year. You can check out Weisman's website at www.worldwithoutus.com

LJT

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