As I was driving my daughter to her awesome Nature School spewing toxins into the air from my car, I was pondering if driving her the 20 minutes there and back each day is counter productive. But this is a totally different topic that I plan to address in the coming weeks. As I was driving having these very deep thoughts on nature, and cars, and toxins, I started to notice something very disturbing. It was a windy day and my deep thoughts were interrupted by plastic grocery bags flying all around. Stuck in trees, on the road, and generally just flying around. It really struck me as a most unnatural and disgusting sight. My thoughts instantly shifted to, how can we stop this from happening? How can we stop people's obsession with plastic bags? I don't rely on plastic bags and I like to believe that a lot of other people don't either...but I don't think this is the case. There are still people who use plastic bags when they get groceries and there are still people, gasp, who throw plastic bags in the trash instead of reusing them. How can we stop this habit?
What if the plastic bag makers, just stopped making plastic bags? Would we really miss them? What do you use plastic grocery bags for and what alternatives could we be using?
I don't really have a solution here, just throwing out my thoughts and wondering if you have any ideas. There has been a movement towards bringing your own bags to stores, and I think there are thousands of people who are now bringing their own bags as opposed to just a few short years ago...but when I go to the store I only see about 5% of people using their own bags. So, how can we get the other folks on board?
All comments welcome!