Plastic Bags Must Die!

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In a perfect world there would be no hunger, no homelessness, no wars, and absolutely NO plastic shopping bags!

Plastic bags are everywhere.  You can’t get away from plastic bags no matter how hard you try.  Sure, you take your reusable shopping bags to the store with you, but sometimes you forget them in the car and don’t feel well enough to hoof it back outside to retrieve them.   Then there are times when you simply didn’t take enough of them to the store with you in the first place, and you’re left feeling like a jerk because you’ll have to leave the store with those darn plastic bags after all.

I live in California where we have a serious bag problem, and a proposed bill (AB 1998) to help reduce plastic bag pollution.  I’m all for the bill’s passage.  I’m also the kind of girl who will chase down plastic bags in parking lots and on sidewalks – I hate the idea that a loose bag may end up in the stomach of some poor unsuspecting animal, or worse.

I’ve also been known to turn those unwanted plastic shopping bags into a recycled, reusable shopping tote (at least try to, anyway).

Here’s a short video that I discovered on, entitled The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary.  Give it a look – it’s sad with a little humor mixed in. ;)

What about you?  Do you take reusable bags when you go shopping?   What do you do with your plastic shopping bags? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know where you stand. ;)

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6 responses

  1. I could’nt leave the house without my messenger bag. I sort of used to be a person who doesn’t bring anything. My wallet would be neough most of the time but I find it really convenient that my pockets aren’t bulging. Pretty in style to boot too.

  2. Plastic bags make me crazy, actually anything plastic. One of my pet peeves is that they label it as recycleable. Really, how much plastic lumber and polar fleece do we need? YES, it can be turned into something else, but unlike say, steel, aluminum or glass, it doesn’t remain what it originally was. So we’re STILL depleting resources. And yet, did ya ever try to go without plastic? It wraps EVERYTHING… everything comes in plastic!

    I try to remember to use bags everywhere, not just the grocery store. I try to reuse the bags I do get. I try not to get them in the first place, but they are like the broom in the sorcerer’s apprentice, they keep multiplying. Maybe I will try to make “plarn”… I’ve seen it before, it’s sorta a cool idea!

    • Hi Kim,

      Yes, you cannot escape plastic. It’s everywhere, and it’s a huge problem. I too take my reusable shopping bags everywhere I go, and many stores give you an added incentive to use your own bags by giving you a few cents off your bill for each bag you bring – that’s pretty cool.

      Thanks for joining in the conversation. ;)

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