Happy Earth Day! I have always loved this holiday, but I have to admit, I'm not the greenest person you have ever met... I am trying to do better though. And I really do believe that our Earth is in crisis and I also believe that if we all do just a little bit, we can make a big difference.
If you want to start living a more eco-friendly lifestyle but don't know where to start, I highly suggest you go read THIS POST written by my dear friend Liz. It has great, doable suggestions for getting started. If you ARE already doing things, you can read her OTHER POST HERE which takes you a step further in saving the planet everyday.
Meanwhile, I want to talk about plastic bags. Since running our little tote bag business, I have started using my totes instead of plastic grocery bags. The biggest upside for me is that I don't have a space under my sink that is exploding with weird-to-store plastic bags. But there are bigger upsides:
1. Less than 1% of plastic bags are recycled. That means they are constantly being produced and they are made from petroleum oil.
2. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose.
3. Tote bags are cuter
4. The petroleum used to make 14 plastic bags can drive a car 1 mile
5. Plastic bags that aren't recycled end up in landfills and THE OCEAN and kill wildlife.
The video below is about plastic in general, but I think it's still relevant.
And listen, I know that the plastic bag problem is really just the cost. I'm not saying if you don't buy one of MY tote bags then you aren't saving the planet. Now a days there are really inexpensive reusable bags at every grocery store. A little tip- if I went on a small shopping trip and forget my tote bag in the car, I opt out of a bag all together and either just carry the few items in my hand or my purse. As long as you have receipt handy in case you are stopped, there are no problems with that.
Do what you need to do! If the only way you're going to stop using plastic bags is by having cute ones to carry around, then you can SHOP HERE. If money is a problem, check out the inexpensive options in the check-out line. Or, you can make your own by following THIS TUTORIAL in an Earth Day fabric destash. If you are still going to use plastic bags, consider reusing them or FIND A RECYCLING CENTER HERE.
Whatever you decide to do, know that YOU ARE SAVING A WHALE.