Tuesday, March 17, 2015
ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME: An Ode to a Politically Incorrect Bag
It's quickly becoming extinct here in California and, as California goes so does the rest of the country, look for a plastic bag ban in your near future, too.
While I understand the reasonings behind the bans and the environmental ramifications of keeping them around, I will miss their extreme utility.
I do have to say that I never send a plastic bag to a landfill or litter the roadside with it. It's too valuable. Instead, I use it until there is no longer any life left to it, then send it off to recycle.
Far from just being the bag the groceries come home in, that is just the beginning of the uses this bag will endure.
Leftovers in Glad bowls get taken to work in them for lunch. I line our hanging plant baskets with them to conserved water.
Shipping boxes get lined with wadded up bags as packing material to cushion my parcel.
Christmas decorations get stored in them so the garage dust doesn't cover them up.
Put a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and fingerling potatoes in one. Shake it up and wrap with tin foil (after you remove from the plastic bag, of course). Throw it on the grill and you have a great side dish for dinner.
And, in the end, use it to line the kitchen waste basket for a trash bag (our waste disposal company sorts them out at the transfer center before being taken to the dump).
When there is nothing left, we can either toss it in our recycling bin (again, the waste disposal company says it's OK and they recycle them) or take it to our nearest supermarket where recycling bins are locating just for these bags.
We'll live with it once they're all gone but in the meantime, I've got a big container filled with a year's supply to take me through those lean times.
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