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Plastic Bag Madness

By Fredrica Syren

Coming from Sweden, I’ve always been so proud of how “green” and clean Sweden is. The majority of people here are so aware of how to live a green life. Most of the population recycle, reuse and reduce. They favor public transportation or bikes, do not overconsume, and like to buy local as much as possible. But the number say no to plastic bagsof plastic bags there are everywhere drives me nuts. Having lived in California now for a long time, I have grown accustomed to the spreading phenomena of banning the plastic bag. Many countries throughout the world and a handful of American cities are discouraging the use of plastic bags, even banning them altogether. The best part is that we seem to survive without them.

Single-use plastic bags are a huge threat to the environment because they’re not biodegradable, so they can take 1,000 years to break down in a landfill and will in that time pollute both soil and water. Plastic bags are made from a non-renewable natural resource, petroleum. And the production of plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum, which could be used for transportation or heating.

Too many plastic bags end up in the ocean and pose a danger to marine wildlife. Birds and marine animals can ingest or get entangled in plastic bags that are floating around. It’s estimated that about 100,000 marine animals die each year due to plastic trash in our North Pacific Ocean alone.

So what can you do?i_am_not_a_plastic_bag_tote_bag

Say no to plastic bags when shopping anywhere. Stop using plastic bags for storing food. Use an eco-bag when buying fresh produce or bulk foods. Buy a reusable shopping bag today!

Here are some links to finding reusable bags:

http://www.chicobag.com

http://www.ecobags.com

http://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Recycling-Shopping-Grocery-Totes/dp/B001G8LCH0

 

 

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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