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No,Thanks: I Do Not Need a Bag

By Fredrica Syren:

Do you know how often I have said those words? Plastic bags have been in our everyday life for quite some time now. We all love their convenience, but those darned plastic bags are everywhere, with no end in sight. The problem with plastic bags is that they have a relatively short life span. They are designed for short-term use and they almost never get recycled. Plastic bags clog up our landfills; and research shows that, because plastic bags are made from polyethylene, a petroleum-derived polymer that microorganisms do not consume, the bags may never fully decompose and will therefore stay in landfills forever. Its estimated that from 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every day, then thrown into the trash.

Would you change your mind about using plastic bags if I told you that they were the killer of more than 100,000 marine animals each year? Or that they take between 400 and 1,000 years to biodegrade? Its not the larger predator in the environment that animals should fear: it’s us. And our relentless, unnecessary obsession with using plastic bags.

I got used to saying “No plastic, please” and “No, thanks. I have a really big purse, so lets save the planet today and skip the plastic.” I always found that peoples reactions to my non-plastic obsession were very positive. When grocery shopping, if my husband forgot the cloth shopping bags, he even went so far as to enlist the kids’ help carrying items to the car while he carried the heaviest stuff.

If everyone in the United States alone switched to reusable bags, more than 100 billion plastic bags could be eliminated each year. By making this easy decision, we can reduce the cost of cleaning up our environment and save tax money.

Ultimately, the buck stops with us, so one major change we can make is to say no thank you to plastic bags.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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