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Ditch The Plastic Bags

I`m sure you have heard from many people how bad those single-use plastic bags are…

but have you ditched them yet? For some people, it`s hard to let go of what has worked for so long, in order to have something new and better for the planet. For others, it`s a convenience thing. The plastic bags are at the store already, and if they aren`t free, they are just a very small fee.

`Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world.`

How many of those do you think land up as litter or in a landfill? I`m going to guess an awful lot.

The average american family takes home almost 1500 plastic shopping bags per year.

Once they are finished being used, where do you think they go?

Did you know it can take 1000 years for plastic to decompose?

`If just one person used recycled plastic bags over their lifetime, they would be removing 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.`

Isn`t it incredible to think of the impact just ONE person has on the world?

So, with the holidays quickly coming, and your shopping still needing to finish, I`m going to share with you some tips I have to stay away from single-use plastic bags.

Invest in quality reusable bags that you LOVE!

You will be more inclined to use them if you love them. Most of the stores sell their own, but if you want to get fancy and have fun with it, check out over here EcoLucciDesigns.

With a bag like this, it is easy to have multi-uses. You can quickly throw your phone and wallet in and still have room for a few small things at the store. Or, you can have a few of these and be ready for a bigger shopping trip by folding them up and having them on hand, ready, in your tote.

While it might be hard to remember at the beginning of your switch, it is completely worthwhile. It is estimated that 1 million birds die each year from ingesting plastic. This is something that we can stop, 1 person at a time.

The holidays are a time for hustle and bustle, and a lot of shopping to get that PERFECT gift. Whether you use THIS bag to shop for the perfect gift, or maybe this bag IS the perfect gift, be mindful and aware.

I urge you this holiday season to be mindful on the impact that you can have. Every choice we make can have positive or negative effects. Be mindful, and present, and make positive ones. Leave a positive foot print for others to see, and learn from.

Have you ditched the single-use plastic bags yet? If not, what is stopping you?

Love Always, N

p.s. Did you catch my Christmas Gift Guides? I`ve uncovered some beautiful gems that you will want to check out!

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8 Comments

  • Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    I think it’s great that people are becoming more aware about what they can do to help the environment and I am making changes in all aspects of my everyday life wherever I can — this is a great post to serve as a reminder that we can make a difference. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber

    I think it’s so important to cut out single use plastic, especially plastic bags. I always use tote bags etc., and a lot of shops around where I live have paper bags now which I think is great! I hope to see more supermarkets providing paper bags rather than plastic in the near future!

  • Mylinda Elliott

    No we haven’t stopped using them. I am more diligent about reusing them though. We stopped buying plastic bags for the smaller trash cans and use the plastic shopping bags instead. Small steps but steps in that direction.

  • Carolyn

    Yes to reusable bags! We bought a bunch of canvas bags from Amazon and use them for all of our grocery shopping. I wish we were better about remembering them every time we go, but one step at a time. Great post!

  • Claire

    I love reusable bags, some of them are just so pretty for a start.

    I like the fold away ones that I can keep in my bag.

    They are really scary stats x

  • Sarah

    While I can’t say that we have 100% stopped using plastic bags, our household is very close to that. We have tons of reusable bags. If I accidentally forget our bags when we go to the store I say no to plastic bags and just manage without them. The one area we need to work on is the bags we use to pick up after our dog when we take her for a walk. I have yet to find a non-plastic option for that.

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