Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday is officially "Recycling Monday"

Since the big Blog Action Day events about global warming and such, I've been thinking a lot about my part in the whole thing. As one person, I can't do it all, but I can do my part. If we all did our part, it could be amazing. So I've committed myself (no not like to an institution) to doing a new earth-friendly thing each week. I will post on Mondays and you can comment on the new thing that you've done to not contribute to pollution, global warming, etc. It can be a simple as walking to the post office, starting to recycle cardboard, cans, etc. You get the idea.
So, what did I do today? Well, when I went to Sprouts to get my teas and veggies, I picked up some of those canvas shopping bags. They were on sale for 99 cents each. I bought 12 of them. These are big green tote bags with the Sprouts logo on them. You take them into the store and you have the bagger put your groceries in them instead of paper or plastic. You can get more groceries into each bag and they are sturdier than paper or plastic, too. So, head out to your local farmers marketplace or local produce store and pick up some canvas bags.
Here is a link I found for some of the bags: BAGS. Hey, you could even make your own bags, how about that?
Also, if you have some recycling hints, post in the comments section. And don't forget to post what you've done to help the environment this week.


Julie said...

Recycling Monday is a great idea! I bought 3 canvas bags last night at Wall Mart...but I often wonder if I already recycle all of the plastic bags, then why do I need canvas? Is it so they don't buy as many plastic bags in the first place?

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

We must have been thinking the same thoughts!
I broke down lots of cardboard boxes yesterday, and they are in the back of my gas hogging SUV! I meant to do the recycling today... along with all the rinsed out soda cans, beer bottles, wine bottles, etc...
I also cleaned out my son's room yesterday and we have lots of boy toys to take to the Salvation Army, things he said he no longer needs and my dd is donating her collection of strollers and cribs that she no longer 'needs' as a big girl! Hope to drop it off in town tomorrow...

Kim H. said...

What a wonderful idea! These shopping bags are on my list...I posted a few weeks back about using reusable bags on my blog. I also do not buy bottles of water anymore! I got everyone in my family nalgene water bottles. They always have free shipping too a nalgene!

Tami said...

I love this idea. Honestly I just read an article this morning about things to do to go green. The first thing on my list is switching to organic dairy products. Healthier for the body, but not sure how it helps the environment. I like the idea of this one...get rid of extra junk we don't need in our bodies. I haven't been to the store, yet, but that's my new one.

Loobylou said...

I use green bags for my shopping all the time. It's a very common thing to do in Australia.
I always hang my washing outside in the sunshine
Our rubbish is seperated into recycled and non- recyclable. Our city collects ordinary rubbish weekly, and recycling every second week.
I make my own shopping notepads by recycling paper from flyers/junkmail/school notes etc

I applaud you for making the world a cleaner and greener place Debbie.