EcoTip: Plastic Bags

🌱I promised more information on how I’ve reduced my physical household garbage to around one bag per month. This is AWESOME and makes me feel SO good, but I’m still making mistakes all the time. It’s definitely a learning process, so here is a short eco tip for the week:

⚠️Plastic Bags…

Most mixed recycling curbside pickup programs do NOT recycle plastic bags. In fact, plastic bags being mixed in, hinders the recycling process significantly. Bags get stuck in the large round compressors and other machinery as they spin, by stretching and clinging. Need a visual? Watch this video…

🌲What do to…

Plastic bags such as your shopping bags, bread bags, and Ziplocs can all be dropped off at most large grocery stores or other retailers (you’ve seen the boxes in the front of the stores). The bags need to be clean and dry. So dump out your breadcrumbs, remove your receipts, and keep them dry.

🤷🏽‍♀️Why?

Plastic bags are the most common source of marine debris. You can also see them blowing and getting stuck in trees or brush no matter where you are. Birds and fish mistake them for food. Not only can this kill the animal, but remember some of us eat them too. Sooooo yeah, YUCK! We’re eating or drinking toxic plastic particles too, ALL – THE – TIME. And have you ever looked down while walking on the beach? It can be gross. In my experience, most of what I find is plastic pieces (bags, water bottle lids, the little plastic clips from your bread bags, etc). Plastic bags do not biodegrade, they build up. They take hundreds of years to decompose under the RIGHT conditions.

♻️So good luck!

As always, wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails…

 

For a visual, you can also watch that video here:

earth911.com/…/video-plastic-bag-recycling

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