I’m not going to bore you with statistics on how many plastic bottles are tossed in the trash every day. It’s likely that like me, you too have been bombarded for years with messages from environmentalists and companies about how bad plastic bottles are.
I don’t buy bottled water unless it’s a situation where I need portable water and I forgot to bring it with me. And when I do buy it, I buy it in the largest container possible.
What I do have a problem with, is plastic bags. I’ve tried (not very hard) to bring reusable bags with me to the store, so that I’m not bringing home 5-6 plastic bags. But I’m only successful at remembering to bring them about 10% of the time.
What I end with at home is a mountain of plastic bags. Then, I’m stuck with how to get rid of them. Our recycling does not yet pick them up, but some stores do take them back. I could also give them to thrift stores to reuse, but I think I have mentally blocked that option because I’m just continuing the cycle of plastic bag use!
Sadly, our bags back up so bad that to get rid of them I have just thrown them in the trash. It’s not something I’m happy with.
This is an admission that I am part of the problem. I can’t change anyone’s plastic bag use but my own (unless I become a politician, then I could work to outlaw them). I am responsible for bringing reusable bags with me when I go to the store.
We throw away so much. It’s wasteful, and bad for our planet.
Do you have any bad habits with throw away or one-time-use items (like batteries)?