It is likely that a box of resealable plastic bags can be found in nearly every household in the United States. After we drill for some oil, turn the oil into plastic bags, ship the bags around the globe and pay a few bucks for them, each bag is probably used only once and then sent to a landfill. Sure, some people wash and reuse them but let’s be honest – most people don’t.
Once the bag arrives at the landfill, it will either be buried and decompose over the next 500 years or it will escape and end up choking some wildlife or leach into the water table. Either way, us humans lose. We lose when we drill the oil to make the single-use plastic bags and we lose when those bags hang around to destroy the planet.
It’s time we act like the intelligent 21st century inhabitants of earth we believe we are and wise up to this madness.
Let’s say a family uses just two of those single use plastic storage bags to hold leftovers each day. That’s over 720 plastic bags thrown into a landfill each year by a single family. Multiply that by the number of households in this country, 131,700,000, and you get over 94 BILLION plastic bags thrown away each year in the U.S. alone.
That’s a lot of plastic bags.
Instead of plastic bags why not buy some reusable containers that can be washed and will last at least half a lifetime or longer? I recently needed a few more of them as I am finding myself with more leftovers than usual, so last week I stopped into TJ Maxx and ventured into the housewares department. Upon arrival, I found a package of four glass storage containers of different sizes for – wait for it – $11. $11 for four well-built, long-lasting, plastic-free storage containers that will last for many, many years.
No waste, no plastic leaching into foods, and only a one-time outlay of a few dollars.
I could go and buy plastic bags a few times and spend $11 per year on them… or I could buy a package of glass containers once for the same price and use them for years without having to throw anything away. It’s kind of a no-brainer, really.
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