How cool is this: I not only remembered the cloth bags for the farmer’s market today (not a very big deal cuz cloth bags are just easier to use at farmer’s market so I made that switch a while ago), but I remembered plastic bags as well! This is a first.
Here’s my new system: when I get home from the market, I unpack the stuff I get and if the plastic bag is clean and dry, I just empty it and put it right back in the cloth bag. Then next week I get to the market and voila, I have plastic bags. I personally think this is sheer brilliance. Since I just recycled two bulging bags of plastic bags today, I’m thinking we could make a real dent in our personal contribution to the mountans of this modern-living-through-chemicals product.
Okay, so it’s not big. But you takes your smiles where you find them. Here’s a mini-challenge I’m going to take up this week: not one new plastic bag. For all instances, re-use or use canvas.
It takes approximately 10-20 years for bio-degradable plastic bags to bio-degrade. That’s a definition stretch, in my mind. It’s estimated that 500 million to a billion bags are used and discarded each year, and that’s probably a low-ball number; others estimate the number at 100 billion.
Daily Stats (Sat & Sun)
Car: 24 miles (5 tasks, 2 people)
Ped: approx 5 miles
Water Taxi: approx 2 miles