Easy Ways to Wash, Dry, and Store Used Plastic Bags
As Earth Day rolls around each year, it leads to discussions about ways to live a greener life. In today’s post, I’m focusing on one small thing I do to conserve: washing and reusing plastic ziploc-type bags.
Plastic bags are both a blessing and a curse. Wow, are they convenient. I use them in so many ways, especially for freezing food. But, once used and discarded they are such a problem in our landfills, oceans, and environment in general. Plastic bags take over 400 years to biodegrade. Tons of carbon emissions are produced each year from manufacturing them. There are many more reasons they are hurting our Earth.
It can be overwhelming to consider the magnitude of environmental issues like this, and it’s easy to feel defeated and powerless to make a difference. But small efforts can add up. I find inspiration in quotes from some famous people to motivate me to try, in whatever small ways, to do my part for Mother Earth.
- “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman
- “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Another quote I like:
- “I don’t look to jump over 7 ft. bars; I look around for 1 ft. bars that I can step over.” Warren Buffet
I’m pretty sure that Mr. Billionaire Buffet was talking more about business goals (he should know!) than environmental ones. But, that philosophy applies to any attempt to achieve something big. Take baby steps over those 1 foot bars, take on tasks that are doable, and eventually and collectively we can accomplish bigger goals and make a difference.
The one foot bar that I’ve stepped over has been to wash and reuse plastic ziploc bags. Doesn’t sound like a big deal. I know. But, it’s a small thing I can do to conserve. My mom and sister have been washing their plastic bags for years, and I’m following their example.