• http://solar.calfinder.com/blog Taylen

    it’s kinda sad, though, that in order to appeal to people on environmental issue we have to AVOID the environmental issue and reach out to other aspects. i guess as long as those people are going green (knowing or unknowing) it works for me!

    great investigating, Becky :)

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Totally, and I’ll be the first to admit that my attitude about this is a little pessimistic. I guess I just think that if at this point you’re still using disposable plastic bags regularly, chances are the environment isn’t on your list of priorities.

      Thanks, Taylen! :)

  • http://dvortygirl.blogspot.com Dvortygirl

    There are plenty of things that are also personally beneficial. Turning off the lights, faucet, or computer when they’re not being used saves energy and thereby money. Buying things from garage sales and thrift stores, rather than new things, means one less product needs to be produced, but it usually also costs less, and it may even mean that you get a sturdier product (remember mom’s or grandma’s indestructible vacuum cleaner or sewing machine? They’ll probably outlast their plastic-age descendants.)

    And seasonal, homegrown veggies or veggies from a local farmer’s market, even a few of them, tend to taste better and be more nutritious than supermarket models that have been shipped in from Timbuktu.

    I think that even people who intend to take back bags may not be doing it as regularly as they should. I often remember my bags about when I get to a checkstand. In that case, I often ask for no bag at all, but I have to ask quickly and loudly (and sometimes more than once) for that request to go in. It’s ingrained. I’ve even had the occasional concerned employee intercept me on the way out, worried that a) I hadn’t been to the checkstand at all or b) those sloppy lazies who were supposed to bag my groceries, hadn’t.

    No, even this simple measure is not mainstream yet.

  • Ravyk

    I live in a state of Australia which has actually banned the use of plastic bags in supermarkets. Meaning we use these ‘green’ bags [which ironically aren't that green-they come individually wrapped in plastic and don't biodegrade at all. But then again it's better than plastic]. There are also biodegradable bags that cost 15c a bag.

    People did kick up a stink at first, but people get over things pretty quickly. And seriously the amount of plastic bags thrown away to blow around the roads and countryside is almost next to none. People think harder about chucking a bag out the car window when they have had to pay for it.

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