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So, I haven’t set myself any New Year’s Resolutions, as such, but I have got some thoughts in my head, for how this year, we as a family can be a bit kinder to the environment and look after our world a bit better.
One of the things on my hit list that we can improve is our use of plastic bags, mainly the ones we use for shopping.
I actually hate plastic bags, and was delighted when England finally caught up with many other countries and introduced a charge per plastic bag when you are shopping at major retailers. It’s a very sensible way of reducing plastic bag usage, because as useful as they are for some things, they really are bad for the environment, a danger to wildlife and we could do with less of them on the planet and for people to not use them as much.
But I have been lazy about ditching my plastic bag usage. I forget to take re usable bags with me, often, and will end up buying plastic bags when I am shopping for groceries, or in other shops.
They are handy, for a very few things, so I plan to keep a few around for now, unless I can think of better ways to replace them.
The husband hates using a cloth bag for carrying his lunch inside his work bag, to work everyday, just in case anything leaks. Lunch all over his laptop and paperwork would not make him happy, so he uses one plastic bag a week to store and carry his lunch inside his bag. He faithfully reuses the same one, so I can’t really complain.
We also use them for when the cat does what we call “very bad things” (if you have read any of the Mog Cat books, you will know what I mean) and we need to clear it up, a sturdy plastic bag to scoop and dispose of mess is handy. We also have a little boy still in pull ups at night, and I collect them all in one plastic bag, so they don’t make the bathroom bin smell awful, and they go out to be collected weekly. He’s too big for cloth pull ups, and we are working on him not wearing them at all, slowly, so this will be a habit we will be stopping soon!
But, I could do better. I NEED to take re usable bags with me, and use them, and not buy any more plastic bags. I need to use them for shopping at work, and for grocery shopping.
So, starting today, I am challenging myself that no more plastic bags will be added to the stash we have in our pantry cupboard. We will use re usable bags for when we need to carry items, even today, when I take my big girl clothes shopping, we will take bags we can use, and not spend money on plastic ones. I need to get a bigger day bag to cart them around in, as I shop for work daily, and need bags to carry things.
So, can I manage a month of no more plastic bags? Can you think of any ideas for the things we use them for, to replace them? I will update how I get on at the end of the month.
In February, I will be sharing our Going Green for the month, and will be talking about re usable sanitary items, a topic that some may find challenging… 😉
Linking up with the lovely Rosie over at A Green & Rosie Life…