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M is for Make a Bag And Use It

M is for Make a Bag And Use It

Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain.

Here’s a pattern to knit your own shopping bag.

What other “M”-things can you do to protect the earth?

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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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1:27AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

I have a dozen calico bags I use for shopping, thanks :)

9:46AM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

I bought one cloth bag and now I'm taking it with me everywhere I go. I like putting my shopping in it cause it looks so nice :D

5:32PM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

I've been collecting my plastic bags with the intention of knitting them into a shopping bag. I've got a few patterns to consider, and I'm excited to give my plastic bags new life.

1:23PM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

I use cloth bags but will soon switch to homemade, machine-washable, acrylic crocheted bags. Every little bit helps.

1:12AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

That is, "each year"!

1:10AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

What an horrendous number of plastic bags are used each yeat - 500 billion. Anything that reduces this number is a good idea.

9:06AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

Thanks for the info

11:06PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

great now I don't have to spend as much trying to get reusable bags thanks.

12:37PM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

Wonderful!

10:31AM PDT on Jun 5, 2010

Love this.

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