Bags, bags, everywhere!

October 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

It is now illegal to dispose of clean, usable plastic bags in Madison. Time to break out the reusable bags!

Did you know that it is now illegal to throw away usable plastic bags in Madison? The City Council put this into effect on Sept. 1st, 2009. There will soon be recycling stations throughout Madison where citizens can dispose of their plastic bags. Here is a news article with more information.

If you’re like me, you get annoyed when you see a plastic grocery bag stuck in the branches of a tree, and when your house is overflowing with plastic paraphernalia. One way to save money and to reduce the consumption of plastic and your carbon footprint is to use reusable bags when shopping.  Many stores offer a 5-15 cent reduction per bag, and these savings are by no means insignificant. They can be found in many different sizes, styles, colors, and materials. Reusable Bags has good-quality, affordable reusable bags for men, women, and children. What I especially found practical were LunchSkins reusable sandwich and food bags.

It takes up to 1000 years for plastic bags to biodegrade in our landfills, so every reusable bag used helps, especially since 88.5 billion plastic bags were consumed in the U.S. last year (EPA).

Shop with a good conscience and have fun!
Melissa

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