Thursday, October 29, 2009

Watch out for the Bag Monster!

Watch out for the Bag Monster this Halloween! Yours could be hiding in a drawer, under the sink, or in the pantry! The best way to avoid it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle the plastic bags that come into your life.

BYOB--Bring Your Own Bag! Say no to plastic. Chico Bags are especially awesome because they fit in your purse, can hold a lot of stuff, and are inexpensive. But these days there are a lot of options when it comes to sporting your own bag. Many stores sell their own bags, as do websites, and styles, colors, and sizes run the gamut.

The reason most people have a bag monster of their own at home is because sometimes those little plastic bags come in handy. As much as I try to avoid getting plastic bags at stores, I still end up with some at home. I use them to line smaller trash cans, clean out the litter box, pick up dog poop, etc.

You can recycle plastic bags at all area Schnuck's. This is a great way to get rid of not only grocery bags, but all of the other plastic bags that are used with other products, like bread, newspapers, etc. Kroger and other stores like Wal-Mart also offer recycling, but I believe it is only for their own brand of plastic bags. If you shop at these stores often, then just keep your bags sorted.

The best news of all though is that all #2 plastic bags can be recycled through the City of Memphis' curbside recycling program. BUT they must be stuffed inside of another hard plastic #2 container. (Think laundry detergent, cat food, coffee, etc.) Most grocery bags are #2 and are clearly labeled. So get a nice #2 container, stuff your bag monster in it, and recycle it at home!

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