It is a new week and I have a new green challenge. This week, the task is to try and eliminate the use of plastic bags. Specifically, we will try to not bring any additional plastic bags home and will attempt to not use plastic bags in a wasteful manner in our house. I guess I never thought about how many plastic bags are used throughout the day, but I would guess it is relatively high and Ashley wants us to do our part to reduce this number.
Although I have not researched this as of yet, I suspect that this will be an easy way for us to reduce our footprint in a big way. It seems like anytime a person goes into any kind of store, a person has an opportunity to collect a plastic bag. If a guy runs into the gas station to grab a Coke and Snickers, they want to give you a bag. What happens to that bag? I would imagine that most often it goes directly into the garbage. A simple ‘No thanks’ can likely add up to thousands of bags over a lifetime.
We already bring canvass bags to the grocery store, but I will try to be more conscious of the plastic we take away. Another thing that I know Ashley wants us to accomplish with this is to minimize the use of garbage bags. We do have some fairly large bags that end up in the garbage that could probably hold our garbage. Cat litter and dog food bags are things that will work marvelously for us.
Another large change in the Guygoesgreen household and I am looking forward to learning and changing. Please let me know in the comment area below what you do to conserve plastic bags.