Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Bring Your Own Bag

Plastic Bags are a hazard for the environment and most bags just end up in land fields.Did you know that our society goes through 500,000,000,000 (500 billion)plastic bags annually. That is 1 million bags per minute. And these bags, which are usually made of high density polyehylene (HDPE) remain in existence for up to 1,000 years. It would be lucky if these bags would just make it to the dump and stay put for the 1,000 year lifetime but many of them end up in the ocean killing marine animals that mistake them for food.

In Africa, because of a magnitude of windblown bags, a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags.One man is making plastic poles with his collection of plastic bags.

Although plastic bag commerce is the livelyhood of many people in Uganda. Recently,there has been a ban on plastic bags in Uganda.

Many countries and American cities have started banning bags or taxing them. But what can we do to cut down on these astounding numbers. Bring your own bag! If you bring your own high quality resuable bag with you to the market or mall. One bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags in it's lifetime!

There are many places that you can buy a reusable shopping bag that will end up paying for itself if your grocer offers a credit of $.05 cents per bag. Many stores do this, Whole Foods, and Traders Joes does this. It seems every store is offering these reusable bag usually for the reasonable price of just $1.00.

You can make your own bags from items around the house.

Check out the websites for ideas below:

Do your own research, you'll  always find new ideas that you can find on the web.

In the nextGreen Bohemian Living.I'll show you some cute bags that you can put inside your purse.

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1 comment:

  1. This is such an educational post. You must have put so much into it. Thanks for your activism for green living. If we adopt better habits now, only then can we make a difference for ourselves, our future and the world.



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