Well, in keeping with our core value to “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse”, we’ve actually provided info on all three of these. All are important.
Learn: Learn about the problems caused by plastic grocery bags:
Here are some resources for learning about usage and environmental impacts of the bags:
1. Facts and figures regarding the true cost of plastic bags:
2. Tips on recycling and California’s new law requiring stores to provide for recycling plastic grocery bags:
3. A segment on plastic bags and recycling from MArketplace, the business-focussed radio show:
4. A page describing the Sierra Club’s efforts on recycling plastic grocery bags:
5. A short, academic essay on plastic grocery bags and their environmental impact:
Reduce: How to reduce the number of plastic grocery bags used by yourself and your community
The main way people seem to be working to reduce the usage of plastic grocery bags is through the use of reusable canvas bags.
A more novel approach is the one being followed in San Francisco and in asdfasdfdsf where the cities have passed outright bans on their use. This will be an interesting trend to follow.
6. This site sells reusable shopping bags:
7. The city of San Francisco recently voted to reduce consumption of these bags by outlawing them:
8. This segment from National Public Radio on the San Francisco plastic grocery bag ban:
9. A good article on the plastic grocery bag ban in San Francisco:
10. Here’s more information on the San Francisco plastic grocery bag ban:
11. This article discusses California law AB2449 which requires retailers to sell reusable bags and to provide for recycling of plastic grocery bags:
Recycle: Here’s information on how and where to recycle plastic grocery bags
Many stores now recycle shopping bags. Look for a large bin near the store entrance.
12. If you’re local store doesn’t recycle, use this site to find a recycling location near you:
13. This site offers an opportunity to join with others in making an effort to recycle plastic grocery bags:
14. An article on How to Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags
Reuse: Here are some great resources to give you ideas on how to reuse plastic grocery bags
Reusing the bags is an great idea especially if it allows you to reduce or eliminate some other material you’re currently purchasing.
For example, if you reuse plastic grocery bags as garbage bags and that eliminates your need to buy garbage bags, then that’s a great solution. It saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment.
In some ways, this may be superior to recycling — especially if the item you’re replacing is something that takes a lot of energy to create.
15. Good ideas from Lifehacker:
16. Ideas from teachers on how to reuse bags in classroom supplies or projects
17. Here’s a great list of ideas for using plastic grocery bags around the house.
One interesting use of plastic grocery bags is to use them to crochet or knit with. Here are a number of sites with information on how to do this. The most common item made with these bags is a larger, reusable bag that can be used to carry your groceries in. Now that’s a creative use!
Here are a number of links that use plastic grocery bags as a material for a variety of craft projects.
18. Here’s an interesting technique for fusing the bags together to make a thicker material that can be used to waterproof bags, etc.
19. Here’s an idea and pattern for a plastic tote made from plastic grocery bags
20. More pattern information for making plastic totes from grocery bags
21. A knitting project using plastic grocery bags
22. Another recycled plastic grocery bag tote
23. A similar project on treehugger.com
24. Another site with info on reusing plastic grocery bags
25. Another great collection of ideas for reusing plastic grocery bags
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