Monday, October 15, 2007

My bags and the environment


I began making shopping bags this summer, after seeing the plastic sacks fly off their hook at our stall at the Farmers' Market.
I had already been sensitized to the problems caused by the use of plastic bags: harm to marine life,
500 years in the landfill, use of petroleum products to make plastic, etc. and it just hit me, AGAIN, that day at the market...too many plastic bags used when a cloth bag could be used. My first bags were made from fabric left over from our upholstery project; then people began to give me their left over fabric. The bags were a success! I loved seeing people show up with my bags. Making them has been very satisfying and Voila! ~ one tiny step in one tiny place, we're helping the environment. Make a cloth bag, buy a cloth bag and use it, recycle bags, re-use bags, do your part. It's easy!

5 comments:

DAWN said...

Those are wonderful and such a simple and common sense idea. I really need to keep a couple in my car for those time I think, "I didn't really need this put three plastic bags". Great tip.

Miss Mrs...a blog of everyday delights said...

Those are really cute! I love that designers are finally putting out bunches of bags to use in place of plastic grocery bags. Consumers will have no excuse much longer. :)

Thanks for saying hi! I wanted to tell you I sell Arbonne wholesale, so if you like it, let me know so that you can purchase it at cost instead of retail price.

Mica said...

they are cute!
I bet you could sell any extras you happen to have lying around on this blog..

Mim said...

I do have extras lying around on this blog! I hadn't thought about selling them through the blog. Hmmm.

kermitjohnson said...

Your bags are great for reducing plastic bag waste!

Kudos to you for participating in blog action day.

I did not participate. However, I wrote a belated post of my own about an environmental issue that might strike a cord with some of your readers.

BRAZILIAN TEAK FLOORS, SLAVE LABOR, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RAIN FOREST.

You can find it at:
http://www.realestatetwincities.net/blog/

Anything that you can do to help promote awareness of this issue will be greatly appreciated. Normally, I don't ask for this kind of help, but the issue is that important to me.

Thank you!