Our friend Lee sent us a link to a slideshow about plastic bag usage.
I've forwarded it on to many of you, although I rarely do forwards. I just feel that it's really important, and while I've preached before about getting away from using plastic bags, I think the images in the slideshow speak very clearly. To me, it's very sobering to see the huge mounds of plastic bags. And isn't it ugly to see bags caught in trees like in this picture? Strange fruit, indeed.
This is such a simple thing to do, and it's something that can be done relatively pain-free! Reusable bags are much less expensive than when we bought ours a couple of years ago, and we've even gotten some freebies here and there for rejoining various organizations (National Wildlife Federation, etc.).
I had been using plastic bags for litterbox cleaning, but I recently bought a package of paper lunch bags, and they're doing the job quite nicely. Now I need to figure out what I can do for the kitchen trash...ah-ha! Ken informs me that they sell biodegradable plastic bags. The search is on! I'll let you know what I find.
So the next time you're at the store, think about grabbing one of the reusable bags that most stores are selling now. Spend a dollar, save a seal! Or a duck...or a turtle....