Monday, October 15, 2007
Today is Blog Action Day, which is what prompted this experiment. I want to list 5 things you can do to minimize the use of plastic in your everyday lives.
- Use your own grocery bag. There are many reusable bags entering the market every day. Keep one in your car, your purse, backpack, or by the front door. Make it a habit to grab it each time you go to the store. Many stores even give you a few pennies of a discount if you bring your own bag, plus you won't have to find a place at home to store all of the grocery bags.
- Recycle. This is one of the easiest things you can do.
- Compost. This step may be harder for some, but is pretty easy. Rachel Ray keeps a bowl on the counter while preparing delicious meals. Make that bowl into a container with a lid and you can easily store it under the sink when not in use. We use a Rubbermaid container and take it out probably twice a week, disposing of the waste into the yard waste container. Because we recycle and compost, our trash container actually stays in our kitchen for up to 2 weeks before we empty it. This cuts down on trash bags and smell.
- Buy in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you save not only money, but reduce packaging. Keep glass or plastic storage bins at home for bulk items such as flour, sugar, and spices.
- Be aware. Look at how much you use plastic and see if you can reduce it. Do you really need to place apples in a produce bag? Can you take the produce bags back to the store to reuse? Do you really need a plastic bag to place your deli sandwich and juice into after purchase? That plastic bag most likely ends up in a trash container at the office 5 minutes later, right?
Posted by Wesa at 11:02 AM