Occasionally ( oh, all right, often) I get obsessed about certain subjects. And, lately it is plastic bags...the kind you get at the grocery store, Target, the craft store, the health food store and floating through my yard on a windy day. I see no need for them in the world, especially after reading articles like these.
Around the world
Anapolis and other cities
So, I did what I talk about doing a lot, but never do, and wrote each member of my township board asking them what I could do to make this issue more public and start the process discussing a ban on plastic here. To my surprise, they have agreed to look into this. They want to know more, and would like me to come speak at the next board meeting. Yeah!
In my quest I have searched for alternatives to plastic that easily fit into my lifestyle. Because even though I was trying to use reusable bags, one of two things kept happening:
A. I keep lots of big reusable bags in the car, but then as I grab the kids out, I forget to grab my bags, leaving me at the mercy of the store. Most of which no longer offer paper bags.
B. We go out just wandering about, walking, not planning on buying anything and then we do, and I need a bag.
Then a few weeks ago destiny stepped in and I found the ChicoBag company, and I fell in love. They fold up so tiny, they fit into my smallest purse, always there for that unexpected splurge. They are light enough to be clipped onto your key chain, or stuffed in a pocket. They are perfect. I was so impressed that I asked the company if I could sell them off my website. And, I can. Hooray!
I don't expect to retire off my ChicoBag sales, but I want to encourage people to kick their plastic bag addiction. And, give them a really easy alternative. If any of you live in cities that have already banned plastic shopping bags, I'd love to hear your thoughts, and learn more about the discussion that your city had during that time. If you have any other great links for my council members, please pass them along too! Thank you!