July 14, 2015

Simple Swap: Plastic Bags

I'm starting a new series called Simple Swaps where I will share videos on easy ways to transition away from disposables and towards a more sustainable lifestyle. My first one: plastic bags.

With an estimated 2 million plastic bags being used and discarded every minute worldwide, we've got a serious problemo on our hands. But there's an easy way you can eliminate your daily use of plastic bags...


Video shot by: Jesse Green & Anthony Marchesi
Editing: Anthony Marchesi



36 comments:

  1. Do you have any eco-friendly suggestions for how to deal with dog poop? The best that I have seen are the "biodegradable" poop bags, but I'm not sure how well they actually work.

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    1. I'd like to know that answer as well!

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    2. It definitely depends on where you live and what services are available to you. If you have a backyard a scooper is the easiest, you can compost the poop or flush it down the toilet. You could also use a scoop and put it into a container and flush it when you get home if you live in an urban area or area where you walk your dog. You could also use a paper bag and flush the poop and compost the bag.

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    3. I use biodegradable poo bags and have had no issues with them whatsoever. Here in the UK they don't cost much more than regular poo bags, so I'm secretly hoping the shops will stop selling the regular kind soon! :-)

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    4. It may be a bit to late but do not compost your dog's poop! The only poop you should put in your compost is that of an animal that does not eat meat. For example, worm, chicken, and cow manure are all safe and make great fertilizers.

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  2. Hey Lauren! I love your simple swaps so far - super inspiring for people just starting out :) Another plastic bag use people don't often think of is the produce bags in the grocery store. Obviously you can use no bag, but I found these (http://amzn.to/1HsUWcT) produce bags are great for bulkier, dry items like apples or squash and these (http://amzn.to/1Rx8qfF) for a variety of produce, especially the rePETe bags for keeping lettuce! The second link has a little clip on pouch to keep all the bags in - I just clip it to my reusable bag or to my bike and have produce bags ready :) Thanks for all the work you put in to making the world a better place and sharing your story!

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    1. Thanks Amanda for posting those links. I always thought about how much plastic we use for the grocery shopping especially for the leafy vegetables/fruits but never did a research on finding the alternatives. However I always recycled those plastic immediately. Now I know (thanks to you) I immediately bought a set of bags and they work very well. Thanks again! Keep sharing :)

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  3. Hi Lauren,
    So simple indeed ...
    Thanks for sharing such video, so motivating !

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  4. I bought some cotton cheesecloth drawstring bags off of Etsy for my produce and bulk food shopping, and I love them! They're light enough not to have to worry about them altering the bulk price, and sturdy enough to hold a load of apples or rice. You can also dampen the bag when it's holding veggies that have a tendency to go limp, and the moisture will keep veggies crisp in the fridge.

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  5. I bought some cotton cheesecloth drawstring bags off of Etsy for my produce and bulk food shopping, and I love them! They're light enough not to have to worry about them altering the bulk price, and sturdy enough to hold a load of apples or rice. You can also dampen the bag when it's holding veggies that have a tendency to go limp, and the moisture will keep veggies crisp in the fridge.

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  6. I bought some cotton cheesecloth drawstring bags off of Etsy for my produce and bulk food shopping, and I love them! They're light enough not to have to worry about them altering the bulk price, and sturdy enough to hold a load of apples or rice. You can also dampen the bag when it's holding veggies that have a tendency to go limp, and the moisture will keep veggies crisp in the fridge.

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  7. What a great new series! I've been using fabric bags for a long time, and keep a cotton one in my handbag and a bigger, sturdier jute one in my car. I like giving them away as presents as well, as it is easy to find really beautiful ones! My friend has a Moomin one from Finland and she uses it as a handbag - it is so cute! :-D I'm really looking forward to your next instalment - I recycle virtually everything, but not picking up the trash in the first place is obviously infinitely preferable to recycling it, so I'll be paying close attention to your easy swaps! Thank you for sharing! :-D

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  8. What do you think of biodegradable plastic bags? A good alternative?

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  10. What a inspiring read. My 4th grade class this year focused on eliminating waste in the world. Some of their projects were making reusable grocery bags from old t-shirts and cotton handkerchiefs from old sheets. They realized that the best way to stop litter was to stop having things that would be thrown away.

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  11. I do this. I actually up cycle our animal feed bags into farm bags and use them. I make them for sale from friends bags that they save for me. I know I should try to buy in bulk for the animals to reduce those bags, but it's very expensive to get that way because you have to buy large amounts. If possible I get the feed in paper at least so I can use it as a base for my raised garden beds.

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