The Plastic Bag Series

Plastic bags are one of those products that everyone treats as a normal everyday item. They are light and cheap, they are given for free in most shops, they are convenient to carry things around, to protect our products, even to wrap our food.

These bags are everywhere you look but all that popularity comes at a cost, they are causing so much havoc and devastation, especially in the oceans where they are polluting the water and killing other species. They are also threatening our health as fish are eating plastic bags so people end up eating this material and all the chemicals that come with it.

For this reason I decided to dedicate my first blog post series to this matter. I consider this is a massive environmental issue and even when to some extent most people are aware of this problem, millions continue using them every single day.

I see it all the time when I go to the shops, yesterday the lady in front of me bought a full trolley of groceries packed in plastic bags, at least 6 of them (without counting the bags wrapping the food she was buying) and that’s just one person.

The good news is we can all change; Many years ago I used to be that person too. I remember going to the supermarket every week and bringing back home a pile of plastic bags which I carefully folded in triangles and stored to later line my garbage bin. To me that was just normal; at that time I was totally ignorant of the problems caused by plastic bags, but I know better now and I’d love to share this message with anyone who wants to listen.

Let me assure you in advance, it is not that hard as you imagine. I hear it over and over people telling me it is too difficult, they always forget, they are too busy. And hey I get it, I understand, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, we have jobs, families, bills, commitments and distractions. However, everything is about priorities, and the fact you are here reading this info means you care and can commit to reduce your plastic bag consumption.

In this series I’ll be discussing the following topics:

Part I: Why should we care about plastic bag?

Part II: Reusable bags to start your break up with plastic

Part III: How to easily develop the “reusable bag” habit

Part IV: Other ways to reduce plastic bags and help the cause

If you (or someone you know) are still using plastic bags on regular basis, hopefully you will find some inspiration and information on how to make the switch for good, so stayed tuned.

In the mean time please leave your comment below and tell me why do you think people still use plastic bags even when many of them already know they are not good for the environment? If you stopped using them, why did you change?

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Thanks for reading,

Diana

By | 2018-02-09T11:28:33+11:00 January 12th, 2018|Habits, Plastic|4 Comments

About the Author:

I am Diana. I write about my journey trying to live a greener lifestyle and how we collectively can make a difference revisiting our beliefs and daily habits, learning more about the environment and being an active participant.

4 Comments

  1. Heather January 12, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I try to avoid using plastic bags, and find I fail if I am not prepared. It takes a while to develop the habit of bringing your own bags but once you do, it’s so much nicer after unpacking your shopping to not be left with a pile of plastic bags to deal with. I used to reuse them for rubbish, but now I use my grandmothers old method of placing a couple of sheets of newspaper on the kitchen bench or inside small bins and fold the non recyclable rubbish up in these.

    • GreenerIdentity January 13, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Hi Heather. Thanks for the comment 🙂 I totally agree with you, the key is preparation and it takes time to create the habit, but it is worth it. Totally it feels great especially knowing you are not contributing to this problem. The use of plastic bags to line the bins is a barrier for many people. Recently when Vic gov mentioned they will ban the bag I read the comments online and there were many complains about it because people won’t have anything to line the bins and they will end up buying bags. The method you describe is great and works. I personally don’t line my bin with anything because everything is dry, all the wet waste goes to the compost or bokashi bin.I’ll be writing about that later. Again thanks for taking the time to read my post. Take care xoxo

  2. Ale February 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    We don’t like to throw away things that can be still useful. We prefer to use them and use them and use them until we can’t do it anymore, and then we discard them. This is an example of plastic bags. We have the same plastic bags around and around for one or more reasons and uses, but we don’t buy more, we don’t get new ones either (unless we received them through our mailbox – kidney health support association, etc). That way we don’t just dump a lot of trash at once (all the plastic bags we could have). We also have compost bins and a worm farm that has helped us reduce waste and reuse most of what we eat :).

    • GreenerIdentity February 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome Ale. Reusing stuff is the best we can do. Keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing the tips 😉

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