Thursday, June 12, 2008

My friend Sue at Nailing Jello to the Wall has a running counter of plastic bags used THIS YEAR. The number flies by so fast it makes me sick.


I'd like to follow up with a piece about the Dangers of Plastic Bags.




Great music by Melissa Etheridge.

I have always been somewhat green. Jeanine, my wife, has always been wildly green. Now.. it's about my kids.

Boston is in line to be the next city to ban plastic bags. I hope so.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous donald said...

i used to think i was doing my part by recycling every plastic bag that came into my house. now i know i have to do more, and not use them at all. sue's counter really freaks me out, spinning away!

3:53 AM  
Blogger Me said...

I lived in Holland in the early 1990s. Plastic bags weren't free and they were tiny. People just brought their own.

Then I lived in Ghana in the early 2000s. They're almost plastic bag obsessed. People there thought I was crazy for refusing the bags. They don't have municipal garbage disposal so bags litter the streets and clog the open sewers. They cover the beach and come and go with the tides.

I've long used cloth bags for my groceries. Yesterday the cashier looked at me funny because my celery was not in a bag, my peppers were not in a bag, my sweet potatoes were not in a bag. Everything was loose. And I packed it all in my canvas bag to go home.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I use plastic bags to pick up dog poop. We're working on a new solution- some fancy decomposing system.

It all started with that counter.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Sorry to freak everyone out with the counter....

I heard a story on NPR that the sacred cows in India were mysteriously dying, and after much research it was discovered that their stomachs were clogged with plastic bags. Much like Ghana, India is apparently obsessed with plastic bags, as well.

Sara, when you figure out the dog poop decomposing system, please let us know!

9:20 AM  

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