No matter how hard I try to avoid plastic bags, they always seem to creep into my home. Considering that nearly 1 trillion crappy plastic bags are produced worldwide every year, its no surprise that avoiding them is tough, even for an eco-freak like me who keeps a stash of re-useable bags in the car and stroller. Fortunately, I put every single sneaky plastic bag to good use.
In our garbage can.
Well, not in the garbage can, but lining the garbage can. I haven’t bought dedicated garbage bags in years. Why bother when there is a steady and reliable free supply? Sure, the plastic bags from the grocery store work well, but so do plastic bags from the dry cleaner…the plastic bag our Sunday paper arrives in…the wrapping used when Amazon.com ships us something…heck, if you buy diapers use the plastic wrapping to line your garbage can!
We went to a resort last weekend, and the plastic laundry bag I used to transport our wet swimsuits home served double duty as a garbage bag. Sometimes re-using is better than recycling!
My mom once encouraged me to splurge on a new, larger garbage can. She couldn’t understand how a little 12″ bin could sufficiently handle the waste produced by my active family of four. Because so much of what we consume is homemade, we create very little waste – my son wears cloth diapers, vegetable scraps are turned into homemade broth and we return milk bottles to our favorite green grocery store. If we had a larger garbage can, it would take more than a week to fill it up – resulting in quite a stinky (and heavy!) trip to our building’s trash chute!
Plus, I have a “if you build it, it will come” mentality when it comes to garbage. If we had a larger garbage can, we’d probably consume a little more liberally. Keeping a small bin constantly reminds us to keep our consumption in check.
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