Was this cool when you were in elementary school? It was for me. Everyone stopped using backpacks and started to bring all their school supplies to school in plastic grocery bags. The environmentalist in me cringes at the thought of doing that now.
Before we stopped getting plastic bags when grocery shopping I would reuse them by putting my lunch in them. I saw it as a way to get multiple uses out of them. When we switched to fabric grocery bags I made the switch for my lunch bag as well.
My friend Rex is over in Nepal with VSO. He recently wrote an article on an green initiative that the offices there have implemented. The VSO Nepal office has banned all plastic bags. That is right...not only will they not use them as part of their operation but employees, volunteers and visitors can not even bring them onsite.
What a fantastic idea! I started to think about what my work uses plastic bags for. Garbage and recycling are the top one's. There are bags (biodegradable) at every desk, in every conference room, in the washrooms, first aid rooms and in the kitchens. There are even more uses in the other buildings onsite. Would we ever be able to cut them out like the VSO Nepal office did? I honestly don't see why not. Seems like such a small change that could have a huge impact overall.
Would your work be able to ban all plastic bags? Would you be able to do it at your home?