identifies as being pretty green (light green if you will, thanks Sunny), I am encumbered with an enormous stash of plastic bags in my cupboard.
I *think* that I use reusable bags at the supermarket.
I *think* that I say ‘no’ to plastic when I pick up a few little things at the local stores.
And yet. Here I am sporting a gigantic pile of plastic bags. Bags that are taking up space that should be available for other things.
I do have a huge collection of re-usable bags too. I have sure bought my fair share of those over the years! (Mostly when I forgot to bring some but didn’t want plastic bags). But with the whole Buy nothing new for a year thing that I am doing, I don’t have a choice about buying new re-usable bags, so I reckon I am getting lumbered with more plastic.
More plastic because I am disorganised.
They say it takes 30 days to change a habit, so I am endeavouring to teach myself to remember the ‘green’ bags.
I have to say that it has been very eye-opening.
I haven’t had any difficulty at the supermarket. On the one occasion I spontaneously shopped after my soccer match sans bags, I just loaded the groceries directly into my car, grabbed and packed the bags at home and then lugged them up the stairs. Annoying, yes, but doable.
It has been the incidental plastic bags that have snuck in: Two were delivered with my fruit and vegetable box (to keep lettuce and celery fresh); my half-dozen bacon and cheese rolls for playgroup were housed in another.
So even when I have been consciously avoiding plastic bags for 13 days, I have a tally of three new ones in the house.
On the plus side, my stash is diminishing (albeit slowly) – another notch in my decluttering belt. I am also realising that there are many things I could do better to move from ‘light green’ to green. I am currently gathering ideas on what to use for bin liners, ‘wet bags’ and ‘nappy’ bags instead of re-used plastic bags, because I am not going to have any of those available soon!
My next task will be overcoming my love of the zip-lock bag. But one thing at a time.
So tell me, how have you managed to reduce/eliminate your use of plastic bags? Any suggestions for bin-liners? Nappy disposal? or Holding wet clothes when out and about?