No Thank You
🛍️ Yes, it's another plastic bag post! I'm sure you've heard: we use 500 billion bags annually, meaning a million plastic bags a minute across the globe. That works out to be 150 bags per person, every year. Thankfully single-use plastics legislation and voluntary switchovers by large corporations are finally catching on. If you're not personally on board with this yet, people might just think you're an asshole. 🤔
Here's how to get into the habit.
🔑 Get a bag you'll actually carry in a style you like. If you walk a lot, look for comfortable handles at the right length for you.
🚪Hang them by the door as a reminder.
There are a bunch of different styles:
🥖 french market : chic, expandable netting
🍏 grocery tote : sturdy & sold everywhere
📚 canvas book bag : a classic that can go anywhere
☁️ nylon bags : super light & can fold really small
makes a great one & it comes with a pouch
🌲 If you forget a bag, look for @boomerangbagsyyc
[@boomerangbags]: you'll see their bag trees dotted around town, and you can take one if you need one, or leave one if you have an extra.
♻️ Recycling is a last resort, it is not the solution. That said, you will end up with plastic bags in your house, whether you like it or not. @cityofcalgary can recycle plastic bags. Check your local #recycling
info to see what your municipality accepts.
: grocery, shopping, garment bags from the dry cleaner, bread bags, frozen vegetable, sandwich/lunch bags, vacuum seal bags & packaging, clean saran/plastic wrap, plastic packaging from household items (toilet paper & paper towels), bubble wrap, soft shipping plastic (like air mailers).
✅ Make a bag of bags + tie the handles together in the Blue Bin. Single, loose bags will not be recycled (they can jam up equipment).
🗑️ Any plastic that doesn't stretch (ex: cereal, cracker, chip bags) must go into the garbage. If you're not sure, don't 'wish-recycle': tainted recycling is a huge issue that causes more landfill waste. Another reason to #refuseplastic