Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rebuild.

Jayden By Jayden, 8th Jan 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The Earth is in need of some TLC. Reducing the amount of plastic in landfills is a great way to start. Here's how everyone can help.

Paper or Plastic?

When I was at the grocery store, I watched a woman exit the building with an armload of groceries and no bag. She made it halfway across the parking lot, then dropped her groceries.
Here in Ontario, a plastic bag costs five cents. Ten for paper. I continued to wait in the car, watching as at least five more people exited the store, each either carrying his groceries in a reusable shopping bag, or in her arms, praying not to drop her eggs.


I bought five bags for a dollar a piece a year ago, and I shop every week. I usually bring home five to six (reusable) bags home with me. These bags are twice the size of your average grocery bag. So, .05 x 5 = $.25 per trip, multiply that by 52 weeks in a year equals $13.00. Multiply that by 2 because the bags are larger and can fit twice as much in them, which is $26.00. Even if I have to replace my bags yearly, I've saved approximately $21.00 per year.


One day while I was shopping without my bags, I asked the cashier if she sells a lot of bags. She told me no, that about 75% of people bring in their own, wether it be the canvas environmentally friendly bags, or reused plastic bags. This town has approximately 4600 people in it, so that meas 3450 people are thinking about the future in my town alone. If everybody used the same amount of plastic bags as I do, there will be 897 000 less plastic bags in our landfills yearly.

It's still not enough

It takes a plastic bag 1000 years to decompose, and let's face it, everywhere we look, there's a plastic bag stuck in a tree or fence. The damage is done, but we don't have to be a part of the problem. There is something we can do, but it's up to each individual to help rebuild our beautiful Earth.


Earth, Grocery Store, Landfill, Paper Bags, Plastic Bags, Recycle, Reusable

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