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Friday, September 30, 2005

RANT: Plastic bag hell

I am getting really sick of plastic bags. They seem to be everywhere. And they end up in the street looking gross. Even some of the biodegradable ones are not really biodegradable.

Some countries like Ireland have imposed a plastic bag tax with immense success whilst here in the UK they remain free at most supermarkets etc.

We recycle our plastic bags and have some of those heavy duty now gonna invest in Jute bags. But what really wound me up today was buying vegetables and feeling forced to put them in their own private little plastic bags. Ridiculous.

From now on I refuse to put my vegetables in their own little bags...I will just keep them all in one big bag. Together!

From now on will use a basket for fruit and veg and avoid those annoying fiddly little plastic bags.

And of course the Co-op has green bags...completely biodegradable.



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At 3:06 AM, Blogger Will Pillage For Yarn said...

Do what we did. Get yourself a few yards of muslin. Sew sacks out of them that are approximately the size of produce plastic bags at the market. Stitch in a simple drawstring. Washable. Re-useable. Etc. Also work for bulk foods.

We use plastic grocery sacks to pick up after our dogs, which here in CA is the law but we'd do it anyway if it weren't. Nothing more gross than dog poo everywhere. So they end up in landfill, yes, but at least there is not poo washing down stormdrains to the ocean and the bag is being reused for something.

Sometimes, it's about the choices and weighing a lot of pros and cons.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Muslin! What a good idea!

And they would look so rustic any pictures...would love to see what they look like...

Send me a pic and I will add it to this post.

Re dog poo...yeah tough one...we draw the line at poo!




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