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Overrun with Plastic Bags
Published on April 3, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley ponders how to reduce her use of plastic bags in her weekly column Greenpoint.

Here's an excerpt:

"Trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use is a constant theme at my house, but every time I think I’m making progress, I’m reminded of how far I have to go.

Last week I filled my shopping cart with fresh fruits and produce at a discount grocery store, filling two big reusable shopping bags. That probably saved six or seven plastic shopping bags.

But so what? Just about everything in my bag was wrapped in its own little plastic bag — red peppers and lettuce, avocados and onions, oranges and apples. The seltzer comes in plastic bottles, strawberries come in plastic boxes, each block of cheese is separately wrapped in its own plastic covering.

It’s bad enough that this is the time of year that makes me feel most dependent on petroleum — from the fertilizers that grow all this discount produce to the fuel that ships it to me from Florida and California, or Chile. Add to that the plastic bags made of petroleum, the gas I used to drive to the store, the fact that we’ve had another cold snap and the oil heat’s running again at my house . . ."

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