Plastic grocery bags. They have been a staple in grocery stores for decades. Unfortunately, it is killing our environment. ABC 7, the local ABC news in New York, did a story about plastic bags the other day. New Yorkers use about five billion plastic bags a year. In one year! That blows my mind! And that is just this city. Now think of all of the cities across the United States. And all of the cities around the world. We are killing our environment one bag at a time.
In the same news story, a city councilman was interviewed. He is sponsoring a bill that, if passed, will charge consumers 10 cents when using plastic bags when they checkout at the store. I know this is probably going to come under a lot of fire. However, I do agree with it. If you don’t like being charged 10 cents, then buy 4 or 5 of the reusable bags. They only cost around a dollar at the grocery store. I know the local dollar store near me sells 2 bags for a dollar. I have so many of these bags. I keep 4 of them in my car and when I go to the store, I just take them out. Don’t get me wrong, I have been guilty of forgetting the bags in the car. At that point, I begrudgingly use the plastic bags. I know if they started charging for them, I would make a more conscientious effort to remember.
New York City is currently adjusting to a new mayor after 12 years. Yes, 12 very long years. The teacher side of me did not like our previous mayor. He was not very pro unions and, for some reason or another, looked down on teachers. I do want to admit something, though. The environmentally conscious side of me thought he was taking this city in a great direction. He improved our recycling efforts, more green buildings that were solar powered were built, farmer’s markets were expanded throughout the five boroughs, etc. I enjoyed all of those efforts from our previous administration. Hopefully these changes will stay and the current administration will create newer ones.
One of those issues I hope our new mayor addresses are the plastic bags. I am hoping to raise awareness by this post. Remember to always bring your reusable bags with you on all of your shopping outings. And remember to be proud when you use them. I went to the supermarket the other day and there was an employee bagging at the end of the counter. I told him I have my own bags and that I would pack my items. Of course, I said it with a smile and very politely. He responded with “Oh, you are one of those people?”. I did not know who those people he was referring to were, so I showed my pearly whites again and said “Yes, I guess I am”. I then went on to packing my own groceries. The cashier also gave me eight cents off of my order. The store I shop at reimburses you two cents for each bag you use. I guess it’s better than being charged ten cents!
Here is some information on how plastic bags are hurting marine life. Poor babies!
What are your thoughts? Does anyone have any earth friendly tips for us? I would love to hear from you
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