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Ban Plastic Bags – Crochet A Reusable One

Ban Plastic Bags – Crochet A Reusable One

If you care where your food comes from, you probably care about what you carry your food home in from the market. Cities and towns across America are considering a movement to ban or fine the use of disposable plastic bags. Some cities have already instated such a ban.

I’ve been on a bit of an anti-plastic rant lately. Please revisit with me why this symbol of a throwaway culture is still prevalent, and why we haven’t banned disposable plastic bags yet.

2 Reasons We Have Not Banned Disposable Plastic Bags:

1. The petroleum and plastics industries oppose the ban of plastic bags and lobby hard to keep plastic in supermarkets.
2.† People donít want to change their habits.

2 Reasons We Need To Ban Disposable Plastic Bags:

1. About 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Oil byproducts, such as petroleum are used to make plastic bags. Oil is expensive and getting more so. Should we be wasting oil on something as frivolous as plastic bags?
2. Plastic is the largest source of ocean litter. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has estimated that ocean debris worldwide kills at least 1 million sea birds. According to Planet Ark, about 100,000 whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year worldwide.

2 Solutions To The Disposable Bag Problem:

1. We have a viable solution – reusable bags. As we begin to get closer to addressing this problem, do you think we should fine people for not using reusable bags? Or, should we charge a fee for using a plastic bag?
2. Make your own cloth bag.

DIY Crocheted Shopping Bag

2 Reasons Why I Love This Earth-Friendly Shopping Tote:

1. It scrunches up into a tiny ball.
2. It is made from durable natural linen.

Hereís the pattern from Purl Bee for this bag.

Credit: Purl Bee

Related:
Make a Reusable Bag from an Old T-Shirt
6 Ways to Make Reusable Bags Even Greener

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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1:56AM PDT on May 10, 2013

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1:25AM PST on Mar 10, 2013

A crotchet bag is so simple and yet it looks so good and helps the world so much.

7:17AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thanks.

9:11AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

thanks

10:00AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

thanks

1:31AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thanks!

6:31AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you

12:50AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks for the info

12:42AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thanks for the share!

4:47PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Earth CRY video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppmMcjgWS0

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