Now if worms aren’t your bag (I know, I’m terrible) than check out plastic alternatives like Bio-Bags. These are made from corn (other companies sell bags made from starch) and are completely compostable and biodegradable. They make dog poop bags as well. They are a tad expensive but have come down since their introduction so my hope is that they will continue to do so. Even so, if you feel you need a plastic kitchen bag but recognize the problem that they create, this option offers you a responsible choice.
These are just a few of the solutions that I’ve found useful, but the reality is it’s more about changing your routine than there being a “silver bullet” to the problem. Once you’ve made the choice to step out of the problem, the solutions will become ever more apparent. Hopefully at the end of the month, you’ll all take the No Plastic Bag challenge and we can share stories on how easy or hard it was and what you learned along the way. In the meantime, get yourself some reusables and use the next week or so to start practicing. And as always, if you’ve got other tips that help you out, let us know.
Next up: Now that you’re not part of the problem, be part of the solution.
Dave Chameides is an environmental educator and freelance filmmaker. He writes alternative fuel articles for Edmunds.com and maintains the blogs 365 Days of Trash and Achieving Sustainability. While he is presently saving all of his trash for a year to better understand his environmental impact, his main focus is sustainability through education and believes that with knowledge all things are possible.
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