I’m always kind of shocked when I hear eco conscious folk talking about the paper or plastic debate. Really people? Is your trunk not full of reusable bags yet? I find it hard to believe that with the typical price of a reusable bag being 99 cents and them being handed out at every service project, 5k fundraising walk/run or grand opening you attend, that you don’t have at least 5 floating around your car right now. Single use plastic bags are a global problem, on average the world goes through 4 Trillion single use plastic bags a year…yikes!
Those of you kind hearted souls that have them in your cars and say you just forget to bring them into the store with you, to that I say please try harder. You know you are going into a store to shop, so lets all try to not check Intagram all the time (guilty) and be present with the task at hand. We are more likely to remember to grab them on our way in if we aren’t distracted. There has been many times Tyler and I realize we have forgotten our bags when we go to check out, then one of us darts out to the car to grab them. If you still can not seem to remember to bring your bag, please buy one of these, a collapsible travel grocery bag. They are the best! I love mine, it lives in my purse or work bag. It packs down very small and weighs next to nothing. It is a must have for any eco lifestyle peeps. Before I bought my collapsable bag if i went stores that I usually stop by to look around, like Target or some local shops, I never really had a bag on me. Yes I was that person that says “Oh no I don’t need a bag” and then proceed to stuff my purse and arms full of shampoo, tank tops or any other random items I just had to buy.
Lets stop having the Paper vs. Plastic debate and commit to choosing neither, they both come from precious resources. Thankfully this is one environmental issue that has an easy fix, which is not typically the case. I know you might be saying, “but Alyson those reusable bags are made from plastic so they too are a problem”, and to that I kindly say, true, but one reusable bag can last you a year or longer and the average American family goes through 1,500 plastic bags a year so reusable bags are a wise chose. Although paper bags can be recycled and lots of companies make them from recycled materials why take a single use product you don’t need just for it to end up in the recycle bin less than 24 later. My path is not to live continually finding fault in things or pointing out how something is not good enough. My intention is to be conscious of the impact my life has on the earth and to search out fun ways I can lessen my impact while I’m here. Cute collapsible reusable bags are a part of that path.
This is a hot topic right now in California because bill 405 is headed to our State Senate. The bill would ban the use of single use plastic bags in all of California. If you feel this is a good idea then click HERE to find out more and sign a petition or find your local senator to give them a friendly call ;)
How many bags are in your trunk? Do you have an awesome collapsible bag yet? I’d love to know what you think!
Peace & Love,