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Plastic Bags: 6 Easy Alternatives

July 2, 2008

We've all heard about the evils of plastic and plastic bags ad nauseam. However, plastic bags have such an adverse impact on us and our environment that this message should be stated over and over again until we all take action. The time to reduce our usage of plastic bags is now. If everyone would at least cut back, it would make a huge difference. Please take a look at this slideshow.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Whatever it takes for each of us to reduce or eliminate our plastic bag usage.

Many of you know what needs to be done and are doing it, but many of you probably don’t even really think about it. After all, plastic bags and plastic wrap are so convenient to use and work so well, why change it?  We all have an impact on our environment, for ourselves and for future generations. The choices we make now determine whether or not that impact is negative or positive. I hope that after reading this and seeing the slideshow you will opt for the positive.

Here are a few hints to get you started on the road to change.

♦ Use fabric bags in place of plastic.  These are usually made available by the retailer.  They are just as handy as plastic and certainly stronger. No more overloaded plastic bags stretching and breaking causing cans and bottles to roll all over.

♦ Use waxed paper (preferably unbleached) or cellulose bags to wrap sandwiches and other portable lunch or dinner items in.

♦ Store leftovers in the refrigerator in glass bowls, casserole dishes and canning jars. Many of these items come with lids that are airtight. But, if not, a double layer of waxed paper secured with a rubber band or placed under a non-airtight lid works well.

♦ Purchase stretch silicone covers for bowls. They are made of FDA approved silicone and are washable and reusable.

♦ Store meats and other items in the freezer, freezer paper (butcher paper) works well.

♦ Use biodegradable bags for picking up dog waste.

One little change in your plastic bag usage can have a big impact.  We are all in this world together. Let’s work together to make it a better and healthier place for all of its inhabitants.

Have more hints to reduce our dependency on plastic bags?  Please share them in the comment section. We can all learn from each other.



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