Go Bagless (You Rebel!)

Toss on a tin-foil hat for an end-of-the-world party: are you an eco warrior? Do you compost? Recycle? Do Meatless Mondays? Walking Wednesdays?

There are a billion plastic bags choking up the planet, and that’s just in NZ landfills. Hey, it’s not like I’m totally eco-noid or anything. I drink fizzy drink (and recycle the bottles), I eat pizza (and compost the crusts), and I know that when I turn down a plastic bag, millions of others will probably take one.

But I love eco-initiatives that make me feel empowered, and I have to believe that every bag makes a difference. I don’t think feeling scarce, deprived or judgemental is going to make the world a better place. I can’t worry about melting ice or shrinking habitat, because it will keep me up at night. I can’t save the whole world.

But I can save mine. A billion plastic bags: one bag at a time.

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day – shop with reusable bags, or be a total rebel and go bagless!

…Wait, is it too late? Do you already have a whole drawer full of plastic bags in your kitchen? Don’t worry! You can always recycle them as street art…

Keep kicking ass!

11 Responses

  1. @Misha – Yay you! And you’re right, they can be totally versatile (just ask the street art guys :))

    @Arlee Bird – It’s so awesome that your city provide recycling bins! Having the facilities definitely makes it easier. Good on you for doing what you can 🙂

  2. I like the plastic bags because I use them to put trash in. Dealing with the reusable bags is kind of a hassle. I do plenty of recycling though. My city provides a recycle bin so I separate all of my trash (which is something there is not much of in my household). I cash in aluminum cans and plastic bottles for extra spending money. I’m careful, but I hate seeing things taken to extremes.

    Tossing It Out

  3. Yeah, I try to keep my plastic out of dustbins. They can be pretty versatile if you keep them for later use. Sometimes I even remember to reuse them when I go shopping.


  4. Ugh. I hate plastic and wish it would just be outlawed! I feel the same way, like my small contribution will hardly make a difference, but I do it just the same. Unfortunately, in this day and age, everything is centered around convenience.

  5. I have those little thin canvas bags that fold up to just a few inches square, and carry them with me wherever I go. And whenever I do end up with a plastic bag I hoard them. I keep thinking I’ll have a use for them, and every so often I do, but normally I just end up taking a trip every year or two to the grocery store with the plastic bags I’ve accrued, to dump them in the bag recycle they have.

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