If just The Crochet Crowd, as a whole, said no to shopping bags, we would save 21 Trailer Tractor Loads of Shopping Bags in one year from hitting the landfills.
I’ve been thinking a lot about waste. Primarily looking at my garage and seeing boxes and my garbage consumption. Frankly, I’m embarrassed as can be that two people have so much trash in only 4 weeks!
The power of one person has a domino effect. I hear a lot, “Everyone else does it… so I will too.” Surely we have the foresight or should have the foresight that we are each responsible for our own actions. We may not think we are making a difference, when in fact, you may be on a very micro scale… However, a small thing is better than nothing.
So I got looking that we have over 180,000 fans on Facebook. Hypothetically thinking out, “What if one small community made a pact to do something constructive? Would it be noticeable?”
The power of our Little Community online could have a tremendous environmental footprint in a negative direction if things don’t change but could also tremendously change the environmental foot print for the better. The answer would be “No Thank You”, I have my own reusable bag!”
Look at what I figured out.
If all 180,000 shopped today and accepted 1 plastic bag from the store, we would use up 180,000 bags,
- We would use 180 cases of 1,000 Shopping Bags per case each day.
- In one year, if our entire community used 1 bag per day for a year, we would use up to 65,700 cases of shopping bags totaling = 66 Million Bags. Think about the grocery store where they load up multiple bags.
- There are 121 Shopping Bag Cases per 1 Skid. For our community, it would take 542 Skids of Shopping Bags to sustain our 1 Bag per day theory.
- 1 Tractor/Trailer load can hold 26 Skids. Our entire community would use up 21 full size transport trucks to deliver all of our bags in just one year!
Does that astonish you? I’m blown away by that… and yet we are only 180,000 people out of billions of people on this planet. Could you imagine what would happen if all 180,000 of us said no, even for just 1 week? It would save just over 10 skids of plastic bags from hitting the landfills.
So while we think that we as an individual cannot make a different… in fact, in the grand picture, we can and it does make a huge difference. To say no is a powerful word and is is something to be proud of.
While I harp about shopping bags, food containers and packaging of food is where I cannot get away from this usage of plastic… I mean a sealed plastic bag within a sealed box? It’s over kill… and I end up with so much garbage that it’s embarrassing! That I wish supermarkets would worry less about pretty boxes and really get to the heart of the situation and do their part to help cut the garbage out of the packaging before it ends up in the consumer’s hands.
Just something to think about… This was rolling in my brain the other day while at Walmart and seeing how many people leave with shopping bags… me included!