Delaware Audubon Environmental Tip

by Dave on July 21, 2008

newlogo1.gif If you are looking to make a small impact on the Coastal Sussex environment check out a tip from the Audubon Society.

Grocery Bags

Many grocery stores have implemented bag recycling programs, but transportation of these bags to and from stores requires valuable resources. And 99% of the 100 billion plastic shopping bags used in the U.S. are never recycled, with a single bag taking up to 1,000 years to fully break down. What can you do?

Bring your own cloth or fabric bags when you shop!

If you grocery shop once a week, in five years you’ll have kept about 250 to 1,000 grocery bags out of our landfills. When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is saved! Look for reusable bags in your local grocery store — nearly all major chains now sell sturdy reusable bags, usally for less than a dollar a bag.

Re-use the plastic bags you already have:

  • Old bags make great in-car trash containers.
  • Re-use them to clean up kitty litter, or to pick up dog droppings when walking your pet.
  • Use them in your smaller waste bins around the house.
  • Fill a few with shredded paper and tie them off for cheap, reusable packing materials. They’re also a handy way to maintain the shape of your favorite tote.
  • Cut a slit in your bags and use them to protect clothes from dust, moths, and other pests.
  • Take them with you for easy disposal of diapers.

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