Thursday, October 02, 2008
Plastic bag challenge
So here is my challenge, starting Monday October 6th, see if you can go the rest of the year without using plastic bags. So that means when you go grocery shopping you bring your reusable bags. Or maybe when you buy a CD at HMV you just put it into your backpack instead of a separate bag.
If you want to read a good article on the effects of plastic bags on the environment read it here.
"Thousands of birds and marine animals die through entanglement and ingestion. When a plastic bag falls into the water, it resembles a floating egg mass (food) to some fish, turtles and birds. They swallow the plastic, fill up and starve to death."
Also check out One Less Plastic Bag. It has some good photos and a video as well as plastic bag facts.
Whats the point?
The point of this challenge isn't just for you to stop using plastic bags. Its more for you to think about the excess "waste" that you pick up and use without even using your brain. So much extra packaging goes into the products that we consume and dispose of like there is no tomorrow.
So try this challenge, think about what you use/throw out. Let me know how things go, or any other steps you are taking to reduce your waste.
Good luck to all who participate.