Friday, September 30, 2011

What’s the big deal with plastic bags?

Dear Ida B. Green,

I don't get what all the big deal is with plastic bags. There are so many bigger issues and I always try to reuse my bags.



Dear Baggy,

You're right that there are always bigger issues grabbing at your conscience but they're not always changes that you can address on a personal or local level. I would love to work daily for world peace, to save the rainforests, improve America's employment rates and so on. So, while I wait for my elected officials and corporate America to make some of the big changes I hope for, I know I can make my own small difference every day I remember my reusable bag.

Beyond that small difference, I look at reusing my reusable bag as a bit of environmental feng shui. Every time I bring my own bags to a store, I'm reminded to be conscious of what I'm putting inside that bag. Just like a house that has been built to the highest standards of efficiency, my commitment to reducing my carbon footprint has to carry through to how I use the bag (or the house)—more than just the window dressing of having the fashionable bag (or house). Carrying your own reusable bags begins to make an important difference when it's a reminder to avoid the abundance of over-packaged or unnecessary throw-away products.

Keep it Green,


—Elizabeth Jeffrey

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