Plastic Bag Free Day - September 12

September 12th, 2009 is International Plastic Bag Free Day.  It marks the end of National Zero Waste Week.  This is the first time My Zero Waste is teaming up with Marine Conservation Society to host the event.  Marine Conservation Society has a forum on Google dedicated to the subject of banning plastic bags.

Let's face it: no matter how cool your reusable bags are, it does require a bit of planning to bring them along for every shopping trip. wrote up 25 reasons that will help you remember why avoiding plastic bags is important. A few highlights:

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% of plastic bags are recycled world-wide; the rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills

  • Plastic bags make up over 10% of washed-up debris polluting the US coastline.

  • Made from petroleum products and natural gas, plastic bags utilize nonrenewable resources, ultimately helping to drive up fuel prices.

On the market for a reusable bag? The Marketplace can help you find bags that fold to fit inside a purse or pocket. Like many other actions that are good for the planet, switching to reusable bags doesn't require laying out a lot of money. Thrift stores contain a never-ending supply of sturdy bags that make up in value what they might lack in high style. Carrying a designer reusable bag is kind of ironic anyway; isn't the whole concept of trendy designers the antithesis of the good common sense motivating the reuse of a shopping bag? The ideal reusable bag would itself be made of repurposed materials. Check out these 35 patterns for making your own bags.

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