Recently I watched the documentary Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?. If you haven’t seen it yet – watch it NOW! If for no other reason than to educate yourself on BPA and what our ‘single use’ habits are doing to the environment.
Jeb Berrier really made me stop and look at what I had in my cupboards as well as every closet, drawer, box and purse. (for the record I have watched this movie 3 times now) I really thought that my husband and I were living a mostly plastic free lifestyle . . . but I now stand corrected.
You see, I was drawn to this movie after a Saturday of trying to reclaim my DIY/craft closet where I discovered a huge bag of . . . you guessed it, plastic bags.
They are not all ours, by the way, most are rescued from family members who were just going to throw them away. Wherever ‘away’ is.
My husband agreed that we were NOT going to let these go to the land fill and for the longest time this huge bag of bags hung in our garage right above the recycling bin. I considered it a reminder of our responsibility to the planet. Corny, I know – but it worked. We rarely, if ever, use plastic or paper bags but the real question still was – ‘What are we going to do with the bags we already have?’
Which brings me back to the bag of bags that made it into my DIY/craft closet along with my hopes of doing something meaningful with them.
It’s been nearly two years and I think I finally found my ‘single use plastic bag’ solution thanks to Homestead Weaving Studio. RUGS!
I’ll update this post on my progress and I may even try my hand at making reusable crocheted shopping bags from the bag of bags.
Either project I choose, I plan on giving the finished upcycled plastic product to the family members that made them possible along with a DVD of Bag It – after all a globally responsible education starts with my own family.
And in an ideal world, if we all took responsibility of our plastic purchasing habits . . . every community would become a Bag It town.
Want to learn more about what you can do to make a difference? Here are some great resources from Bag It.