You have to have been living under a big plastic rock if you weren’t aware of the damage plastic is doing to our planet, in it’s generation and end of life. So, when I walked into Countdown last night and saw a new plastic bag intended to replace the old plastic bag I sighed… Here’s what I have to say to those who are having trouble breaking up with the plastic bag.
1, Suck it up Buttercup. It’s that simple. When you consider the damage plastics are doing to our environment, the small sacrifice that we have to make is insignificant.
2, Use your Scout or Girl Guide experience and Be prepared. Take one or some of the million bags you already have at home to the supermarket with you next time.
3, Stash stash stash. Think ahead, put some in your glovebox, roll some up into your handbag or revert back to point 1.
4, You didn’t plan on going to the supermarket and now you have 12 items? It happens to the best of us – ask for a box… failing that – play tetrix and balance them for your walk to the car – treat it like a game, it’ll be Fun and is infinitely rewarding. DO NOT CAVE IN to the bag.
5, You can usually juggle half a dozen pieces of fruit, but if you get caught out use the brown mushroom bags… it might cost you .01c more but provided you fling it into compost or recycling after you reused it – ka pai e hoa. You might just save a dolphin.
Plastic bags are just the tip of the plastic iceberg. Personally I think our toughest battle is going to be food packaging – but lets start with the bags.
Now that I have your attention I want to let you know about two fantastic volunteer groups in Hamilton. Both make reusable bags out of reused fabric to give away!! Check them out, find out where you can get your hands on a bag, donate some fabric or volunteer your time!
It’s coming up to Plastic Free July – sign up to do the full challenge, or tackle one item… if nothing else let that item be the plastic bag.