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#WeekofGreen, It's all in the BAG


Day 1: It's all in the BAG

Do you use reusable bags? Why use a reusable bag? Is a plastic bag ban right for my city?

We use reusable bags as often as possible. Usually for HEB I do not! But when we go to Target, which is rare, or Sprouts, which is every Wednesday, I do make it a point to use them because you get $.05 credit for every bag that you use. I have a bag full of bags hanging by the door so that I have to seen them as we walk out. I gotta make it a point to use them daily!

The plastic bag... oh, they looks so "pretty" flying in the win. Have you ever followed it off into the distance? I know I have. But when I do... I feel sad. Always have. A few weeks ago my girls walked in a parade and we had to walk back. It was an "adventure" Yvette, my oldest said. We walked by an old abandoned warehouse. We saw this little tree that looked like it was being smothered with plastic bags. We also saw a tree trying to grow through the fence, but it looked like pieces kept dying and falling off.

Check out these old blog posts from years past. One of them has a video about the plastic bag.

Green Tip Tuesday, Bag Ban
Green Tip Tuesday *Holiday Edition*,with video

So, why would you use a reusable bag? Here are some Plastic Bag FACTS:

Plastic bag facts

  • Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
  • Approx. 100 billion of the 380 billion are plastic shopping bags.
  • An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
  • Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.
  • Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
  • Greenpeace says that at least 267 marine species are known to have suffered from getting entangled in or ingesting marine debris. Nearly 90% of that debris is plastic.
  • Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags per year. Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for paper bag production.
  • Paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as toxic chemicals like sulphurous acid, which can lead to acid rain and water pollution.

So, is a bag ban right for your city? If you read the post about the bag ban above, it's been a while since I've been able to kinda say if it worked or not. Definitely! We don't live in Brownsville, but we do travel over in that direction at least once a month. What a difference! Wish I had a photo to show ya'll. Click here to see local news coverage on the ban, one year later!

Thanks to The Bag Monster for helping us out!

ps. Wish I had a graphic for #weekofgreen, i asked hubby but he also had homework to do.


  1. I am very much against plastic ban bags. I am responsible with my plastic bags, which I reuse as garbage bags. Plus, plastic bags can be safer. Reusable bags can become dirty and can contaminate food.


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