We’re far from being model examples of perfect environmentally-responsible citizens but we’re at least somewhat conscious of it and do try to do our part whenever we can. If you want to see an ideal (and entertaining) example, check out Living with Ed.
Recently I read about Lisa Foster’s 1 Bag at a Time campaign and then I was surprised to find that one of our local merchants, Natural Foods Market in Midland, sells these bags. As a side note, we were hoping this store would be more like Whole Foods (but that’s another story).
I’ve been making an effort to take reusable bags with us when grocery shopping and these bags are better constructed than most. They’re only $1.99 plus I like the philosophy behind them.
Top 5 Reasons to Reuse a Bag:
- The petroleum in 14 plastic bags could drive a car 1 mile.
- Americans use over 14 billion plastic bags annually.
- It takes 70% more global warming gasses to make a paper bag than a plastic bag.
- Paper bags do not biodegrade in landfills.
- Cities spend up to 17 cents per bag in disposal costs.
If nothing else motivates you to do this, surely you’re tired of seeing all those plastic bags hanging from trees!