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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Learn to say No at the supermarket

Every time I go to the supermarket I get so many plastic bags. Many of which are needless and wasteful. The clerk puts maybe two or three items in a bag, then sometimes double bags them. I also see clerks put glass items, like spaghetti sauce into a paper bag, then put that in a plastic bag! I buy 15 items, and get at least 5 plastic bags, usually more after double bagging. I come home, use one or two for trash, and the others I stuff into another plastic bag for use later. However, what I usually get is a several plastic bags stuffed with plastic bags that fill up the space under the sink, or wherever I try to store them. What's really sad is when I have too many, or I have to move and can't use them, and end up throwing them away. I just imagine the millions and millions of plastic bags given out everyday, used only once, that held some toothpaste or a few groceries, never to be used again and to sit in the landfill for the next thousand years. That is IF the bags are thrown away properly... How often have I seen plastic bags and packaging on the roadside, in the rivers or on beaches. There is no doubt plastics make our lives more convenient, and I couldn't even be writing this without the plastics used to help make my computer. But I think we need to make some fundamental changes in our usage of plastics. Not to mention, most people are in favor of reducing oil prices, and every plastic bag is essentially made from oil, would the reduction of plastic usage lower prices?

For starters, I think I will try to find a reusable bag. Something strong that I can take to the store with me, and have the clerk put everything in there. No need for plastic bags!

Did you know? Plastic bags start as crude oil, natural gas, or other petrochemical derivatives, which are transformed into chains of hydrogen and carbon molecules known as polymers or polymer resin. After being heated, shaped, and cooled, the plastic is ready to be flattened, sealed, punched, or printed on.


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