Dear St. Patrick: You’ll be happy to know that people around the world are going green—year-round! (Well, most people anyway.)
There was a time when it would suffice for a person to be friendly and efficient, but those days are long gone—all part of our polluted past. Today, we must strive to be eco-friendly and energy-efficient, that is if we want to breathe a little easier tomorrow.
A former coworker of mine taught me that you don’t have to be an ecofreak to help make the world a greener place. There are hundreds of things we can do in our everyday lives to help ease the suffering we have bestowed upon our mother earth—starting with plastic bags.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks, and wraps are discarded in the United States each year. Reusable bags are such an easy solution, so why don’t more people use them? One problem is, of course, that we forget them at home or in the car. And who wants to spend 1 or 2 dollars for each new bag when a plastic one is “free”?
Here’s what I do: Pretend the stores charge extra for the use of plastic bags. I’m cheap, and the very idea of this will prompt me to walk back out to my car, where I keep a few extra reusable bags handy for those impromptu trips to the market. Bring your own bags to the mall, too. But should you forget, consider letting items from different stores share the same bag.
What’s your favorite green living tip of the day?