Today’s challenge is super easy!
“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting though the wind
Wanting to start again?”
(from Katy Perry’s “Firework”)
The ultimate tragedy of this song lyric is that plastic never (okay, basically never*) biodegrades.
Here’s the challenge:
- Start a system for plastic bag recycling
- Start using reusable shopping bags if you don’t already
Plastic Bag Recycling:
Plastic bag recycling goes WAY beyond just your supermarket shopping bags. Part 1 of today’s challenge is to start a system in your home for collecting your plastic bags (grocery bags, resealing bags (like Ziploc®), cereal liners, plastic wrap around products (like canned foods and water bottles bought in bulk, frozen food bags, etc.). In our home, we have a large plastic bag hanging from a hook in the pantry (which I have usually grabbed from the trash can in our yoga studio that has their gym towels laundered by a service that delivers the clean towels in a plastic bag). As I have plastic bags to recycle, I add them to that larger bag. When it is full, I take the load (when I’m going there anyway) to @Target for recycling. Here’s a great article on Target’s recycling program.
Some supermarkets have drop off sites for recycling (like @WholeFoods). I was disappointed to hear that our local supermarkets would not give a straight answer as to where the bags go for recycling and heard from a former store employee that the bags are just thrown in the dumpster. SO, I am vouching for @Target in particular because they have a verified recycling program.
Part 2 of today’s challenge is to start using reusable shopping bags if you don’t already. Most stores sell them near the check-out…it’s free advertising for them, so it’s a win-win. You can also buy them super inexpensively on-line:
Have a business? You can get reusable bags with your logo on them super cheap!:
But, you can also find super stylish ones like these at more boutique stores and online:
Put several in your car
Attach a couple to your bicycle
Carry one or two in your purse or backpack
Sometimes you’re stuck without enough bags for the amount of your purchases. In that case, ask for paper. It’s compostable, recyclable and is reusable as a shopping bag, it makes great book covers, lining for pet cages and more.