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PLASTIC BAGS ARE a DRAG!

By Amanda Wilkes

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? It’s not the larger predator in the environment that animals should fear: we are. And our relentless, unnecessary obsession with using plastic bags. Plastic bags haunt our delicate environment and the future of many species. Consider how often you go to the grocery store, how many produce bags you use, and how many grocery bags you use when checking out. On average, one person uses between 300 and 700 plastic bags per year, and that does not include the extra five or six produce bags used on every trip to the store.

It is difficult for me to accept that people use these bags for a max of maybe five to ten minutes to transport the groceries from the store to their refrigerator, then toss them into the trash to sit in a landfill or in the environment for centuries and centuries. Of course, there is an alternative and you all know what it is — REUSABLE BAGS!What I cannot rationalize is that most of us are very aware that there are reusable bags but continue to use the plastic ones. What is our excuse? In fact I question whether grocery stores should even offer plastic bags. Now, I acknowledge that reusable bags are not something you buy to save money, but think of the environment that you will be saving!

For a long time now I have been using reusable bags but I continued using the plastic produce bags. I did recycle the plastic produce bags, but for me that still wasn’t good enough. Thankfully, there are some other eco freaks out there who also had an issue with this, so they created reusable produce bags. What a thought! Not only can you make a positive environmental decision, but you also will see your fruit and veggies last longer when they are not stifled by a plastic shield. Produce thrives when it can breathe, which is why most reusable produce bags are made of organic cotton or netting.

Where do I get my REUSABLE BAGS?

http://www.ecobags.com/

http://www.reuseit.com/store/bags-totes-c-238.html

http://www.reusablebagsdepot.com/index.html

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​​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 save tax money by reducing the cost of cleaning up our environment.

 

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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