Happy Earth Day! For the past several years I have made SMALL changes in how I try to reduce or reuse “STUFF.” I don’t have a political reason behind my decision or theory about global warming, I just think recycling- like my grandparents and parents’ generation- makes sense. I think for me the image of the floating island of plastic in the Atlantic ocean was enough for me to try and start with plastic bags.
Sidenote: I love the Athleta shopping bags! They are large and sturdy! They hold a lot of groceries!
It started as a game with myself. Yes, I am that competitive that I have to compete against myself with the # of bags I have to use! If I leave my recycle bags in my car I force myself to use as few bags as possible to get my haul of groceries to the car. Now it’s just the end goal: use as few plastic bags as possible.
Here is the visual:
And, now when I checkout I just tell the baggers not to bag any liquids or anything already in a plastic bag (think potatoes, bags of chips). And, yes I am making a few extra trips from the car to the kitchen, but I look at it like extra steps for my 10,000 steps a day! And, think about it, how many bags of chips fit in one plastic bag? Maybe 2? Well I can carry a dozen items with my arms and hands without extra plastic bags! I use my Athleta bags to bag jars, meats, small items.
Here’s one more suggestion. How many of you have dogs? With two dogs we go through 1 large bag of Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian ever 3-4 weeks – depending on on how many “bonus meals” the dogs get when we forget to announce the dogs were already fed! Those bonus meals are like a buffet for my Bernese Mountain dog! I use the empty bag to stuff with yard debris. This is Tanner, our Australian Shepherd.
What creative ways are you recycling?
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