Today, it is become increasingly more normal to BYOB, but how many of us do?
Really, how hard is it to bring a bag? I think it takes me a whole 30 seconds to open the back door and grab a few on my way into the store.
I guess the hardest part is getting them INTO the car. The key to remembering that is having a LOT of bags. Over the years, I have accumulated a very random assortment. My personal favorites are canvas, but the grocery store bags are getting more and more popular and are usually no more than $1. Buy 2 or 3 each time you forget to bring yours, and you will have plenty, lickety-split!
- The plastic ones from grocery stores are often made from virgin plastic, so look for the plastic content. Recycled is better.
- If the bag gets dirty, wash it! Yes, even the plastic ones. Just don’t put it in the drier.
- Designate one bag for meat and don’t cross-contaminate it with anything else.
People tell themselves that plastic bags can be used for many different things to avoid guilt on this issue:
- Dog poop … You can use bread bags, veggie bags, chip bags, used zip locks … I’m sure you have a lot of “other” bags in your trash …
- Trash can liner … I guess this is reasonable, but I bet you have a large stash already, which will keep your trash cans lined until Doomsday.
- Car trash … another seemingly reasonable use, but be honest with yourself about how many bags you really need.
- Wet swimming suits … Wrap it in a towel. You are going to wash it all, anyway.
- Recycle them … Unfortunately, all of the factors that are considered with recycling make plastic bag recycling mostly cost-prohibitive. Many places still send plastic bags to the landfills.
So, make a commitment today to avoid single-use bags.
**Note about compostable bags: NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING will decompose in a landfill because you need sun, oxygen and microorganisms for decomposition. Compostable bags are not worth the extra money, unless you are using them in a compost pile.
Shameless Plug: I sell t-shirt bags and knitted market bags.
And, let me leave you with a parting thought: You have hands. Use them. Bags are (mostly) unnecessary.
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Love, from your hippie friend,