I need to thank Teresa for letting me be a part of Green Bag Lady. I have been an admirer and an ardent follower of her blog. Keeping in tune with her ideology and effort to make this world plastic bag free, I thought of sending in this post for my guest post entry.
Going to the market in the 80’s meant, people carrying their own fabric bags/satchels with them. Then plastic bags came in and over the last two decades, we were pushed into thinking that grocer supplied bags meant convenience. It is really unfortunate that we have come a long way with this "convenience".
Having realized its impact on our lives, a select few started looking for solutions and are trying to spread awareness. I came across this petition and wanted to show the lack of interest for such serious issues among general population. Please take the time to sign it.
There have been many such requests, crusades and petitions which have gone unheard. I agree that this is not the only problem plaguing us today. We need to start somewhere and this is the easiest change we could make and make a huge difference in the way we treat our planet.
Using a plastic (or a paper bag) cannot be a matter of choice anymore. Being conscious and making sensible decisions is the only way out.
You can make a difference too
Make sure you carry a decent sized bag with you and refuse a plastic bag at the billing counter. A small effort and; may be one bag at a time, and you will walk out of the store with a feeling of having done something right. Eventually, this will grow on you and you would have gone "green". Also, please stop asking for extra bags and don't justify that you use it to throw garbage out. Garbage doesn't decompose when enclosed in plastic bags. It only adds to toxic gas emissions.
Retailing giants are trying to do their bit by asking you to pay for the bag, it is not to see if you can "afford" it, but to cure consumers of their plastic bag addiction. Giving this point a thought means a lot to our planet. Come to think of it, the planet doesn't need us to save it. By doing our bit, we are keeping our hopes alive to see another generation survive on this green planet.
I am glad that Teresa has taken upon herself to reintroduce use of fabric bags. It is very encouraging to see her selfless effort to make and send out bags to people across the world. It motivates me to do what I do to be a part of this crusade.
Before I say bye for now…I would like each one of you to take a look around to rethink your choices; say one per day or at least a week and work towards making life plastic free.
Thank you Sudha! Keep up the great work too! Teresa