Recycling 101: Bagging it

By Steve Davies,
Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Photo: Caesar the cat and reusable bags

So, like I always do each month before I write my next column, I like to go back to see where I’ve been and as usual, I’ve seen the road signs. Last month I talked about reusing what we have at our house and how I took the holidays as a time to give away many of my kid’s old toys to give them the chance to have a new life with other families.

 Well, I realized the other day that we all have something that we can reuse, something that will give us the chance to reduce what many of us use on a regular basis, those plastic bags, be it at the local grocery store, hardware store or department store.

If I look back at all the bags I have around our house that I use when we go shopping, I think my oldest one is probably ten years old, one I use when I go grocery shopping at our local Whole Foods. Now though, you can easily find them at most grocery, hardware and department stores.

These days, I would say it’s safe to say that I have several of those reusable bags, including that old one. In fact, I’ve also got a cloth bag that I got from a friend of mine halfway around the world in Thessaloniki, Greece and is the one that I use today for my lunches I take to work. Of course, our cat Ceaser, also likes to use them when we’re not out shopping or I’m not at work.

For recycling questions please contact me at thprecycler@yahoo.com