Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stop Using Plastic Bags!

This falls into the "duh" category of easy things one can do to help the environment, but seriously: stop using plastic bags. Or if you're going to keep using them, then please recycle them:
  1. Switch to reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags made from renewable materials conserve resources by replacing paper and plastic bags. Reusable bags are convenient and come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. When not in use, some reusable bags can be rolled or folded small enough to fit easily into a pocket.

  2. Recycle your plastic bags. If you do end up using plastic bags now and then, be sure to recycle them. Many grocery stores now collect plastic bags for recycling. If yours doesn't, check with your community recycling program to learn how to recycle plastic bags in your area.
It's really easy to do this, obviously. And I'm guilty of it as well. But according to the guy who wrote that post, Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year. 100 billion! Imagine how much good we could do if we just cut that in half - and how easy it would be to do it.

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