I found mesh bags at a dollar type store - 4/$1. They are sturdy and hold a lot. I always forget the larger cloth bags I carry in my trunk so I finally got wise and carry these bags in my purse or pocket when shopping.
I too, used to use plastic bags for small trash bins, wrapping a dirty diaper, kitchen scraps, etc., but the never go away. This is one way we can protect our earth. It's the only one we have. Please reconsider using plastic bags at all!
By Halfwhit from Ashdown, AR
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I am ashamed to admit I was a holdout for a long time on reusing those plastic bags in order to take care of "poop patrol" when cleaning up after my BIG dog.
Have since switched to using the earth-friendly totes for shopping - our grocery stores and big-box drugstores sell them for 99 cents each - and clean up after the dog with newspaper or any number of the larger junk ad fliers that show up in the mailbox.
As for the poster who is having some trouble figuring how to throw the garbage away on a tight budget. You may have to buy trash bags to conform to the rules where you live; Seventh Generation makes trash bags from recycled materials that are biodegradable and the cost is not that far off from "regular" trash bags.
You can cut the cost of buying trash bags down by - cutting the volume of trash. Get on the "no junk mail" list; does your town recycle? Ours does: we can throw plastics, glass, newspapers, cardboard ( even the kind that food is packaged in) and even junk mail and flyers, paperback books - and other items in with the batch. This has cut down on our garbage considerably, and we're also tied in with Recycle Bank - which gives us points for the weight of the recycling we do that can be converted to gift cards and coupons at places like grocery stores ( where you could in essence - get your garbage bags for free).
Do a little digging around in the sanitation department links in your town or county and see if there are any options like that for you.
I believe they ALL should be outlawed and companies should cease making them. I keep re-usable bags on the seat of my vehicle for easy access. I take the largest one and pack all the others in it and it doesn't take up much room. I do merchandising work in Target and they give you 5 cents off for every re-usable bag you use while shopping. Not only do these plastic bags litter our land, they do so much damage to wildlife. And that is such a shame. Most all grocery stores and WalMarts have sites for people to recycle the plastic bags.
One of our local groceries now uses biodegradable plastic bags. Not sure what they are made of actually but it says that they are 100% biodegradable and will break down when exposed to air, water and sunlight. The bags are also green in color which I think is appropriate!
Go ahead and use plastic shopping bags; but, recycle them!
It only takes 14 plastic shopping bags to make a t-shirt. They can be made into other clothing too, anything that uses synthetic fibers (polyester, rayon, spandex, etc.).
They can also be used to make "plastic wood" which is used for decking and many other outdoor projects. This "wood" lasts almost forever and no trees have to be cut down!
There are many other uses for these recycled bags and all you do is drop them off on the way into the store where you shop. How hard is that?
So what do you use to bundle your trash then? Because I am on the poorer side of the scale and I use the store shopping bags. They are free. Because my building does not allow us to just toss all of our trash into the dumpsters unless they are bagged. So what do you use to bag your trash?
This is a very interesting and informative video. It should also create some litter awareness. I believe that's how a lot of plastic bags and other debris like bottle caps and electric wire plugs, as mentioned in the video, are getting into our waters. Litter gets into the ditches and it washes into the streams. All streams lead to the ocean.
I have many uses for plastic bags and don't know what I will do if they are ever banned. I can't see how plastic grocery bags filled with trash are any different from trash in any other type of plastic as far as it being in the landfill. I believe the problem with plastic is not what's in the landfill but what is scattered between our homes and the landfills. A lot of the litter on the roadsides comes from trucks with unsecured loads. I've seen a lot of plastic bags blow out of trucks.
To have clean land and clean water, we need to work together and keep litter picked up everywhere.
My grocery store recycles plastic bags. I still use them to line trash cans around the house. But, when I come home from grocery shopping (or any shopping), I hang one bag from a knob and fill it up and take it back to the store. And also, at the store, I tell them to put as many items in one bag as feesible, instead of 1/2 gallon of milk in one, 3 cans in another. I'm old, not crippled.
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