What can one person do about plastic bags that are polluting the world? We, my husband, John Culllum, and I, are still using plastic bags.
I can blog and remind you guys that what we are doing is harming the world. Golly, I've blogged about trash a half-dozen times -- describing plastic bags over-filling landfills, clogging lakes, rivers, and oceans that are already filled with trash islands that are cram-jammed with plastic stuff that will never completely degrade even after it becomes -- in 20 to 1000 years -- fragments. The fragmented bits, looking like food, poisoned by chemicals that have created the plastic, continue, like a serial killer, to kill creatures and plants and destroy our ecosystem.
Hey, we've heard most of this bad news before. Why don't we bring previously used bags with us when we shop? Well, we are not lazy, but it's very inconvenient, and ... well, we forget. My mind is overloaded with blog-writing and publishing routines, and my husband, who buys groceries on his way home from performances and appointments, finds it awkward to bring used plastic bags to the theater or an interview.
The problem is our kitchen garbage can. We fit plastic bags in the can. (two bags in case one leaks). When the can gets full, we remove the bags, put them in the large, heavy duty plasic bag that's in the hall container that our janitor empties once a week. (The city's Sanitation Department disposes of it.)
Trying, as one small person, to do something, I suggested, "John, we could try to use just one plastic bag in the kitchen can."
Remembering the mess when a bag leaked, John said, "Surely there are some sort of biodegradable liners ..."
I said gee! Got up from the table, headed for my computer and Googled.
Holy Smoke! Before my eyes was a page with more than a dozen dealers -- lists of biodegradable bags, liners, all sizes, different strengths -- my God -- phone numbers and links -- big bags , tall cans, small cans, sandwich bags, food-storage bags -- one box or a case of 25 -- free shipping if you spend $99 -- FDA approved, "completely biodegradable," and prices -- a quick look said they were reasonable.
Hey, we are not poor, and we're not lazy -- we can change our ways, even if it's inconvenient at first. (If this "plastic bag" blog gets you thinking of doing the same thing -- check biomasspackagin.com; gogreen,com; reuseit.com.)
Will we actually do it? It could take at least an hour, maybe more on the phone. The new bags might not fit; we might need a new kitchen can. Will I find reasons not to bother? Probably a lot of people haven't stopped using plastic bags for the same reasons that I haven't stopped.
Well ... if one person can change, other folks can change.
Hey, busy-lazy-lady -- get up and get going -- change your ways today!