I’m living proof that sustainability – or being “green” – is first about convenience before saving the planet. I have put my cloth grocery bags aside so many times like so many good intentions. I’m embarrassed to admit that I often find myself at the checkout counter without my sustainable totes: laying limp once again in my trunk.
Do I dash back out to the car to snag them? No. Too much effort. I do, however, wave a dismissive hand at the clerk when they automatically reach for the plastic bag, and I say, “Save a landfill.” I cradle my items like chord wood and head for the door, providing I’m in the 9-items or less line. Anymore than nine and I end up with plastic bags swinging from my hands.
Then, like the ghost of Christmas future visiting Scrooge, the universe sent Kayla Evans to haunt me and my shameful plastic bag ways. She came with this incredible info graphic on the suffocating power plastic bags have on our world.
That’s it. I am now freshly armed with my cloth bags sitting next to me in my car so that I can be more focused on saving landfills. Thanks Kayla and LearnStuff.com for this not-so-gentle-reminder that we’re all in this together.
at 11:13 pm
The info graphic on the harm that comes from plastic is brilliant. I agree with everything you say in your post. My dilemma is how do I safely wrap my garbage without plastic? I use grocery and other stores’ plastic bags for this purpose..You might be chuckling, but this is a real problem. I am an urban apt. dweller. There is no compost to make. I am fearful of roaches and rodents. Garbage that is not properly wrapped can invite these pests into our homes. i keep hoping for biodegradable plastic to be more available and wixely used.
at 1:30 pm
Nice resource! Thanks for writing.