Saturday, January 26, 2008

One Small Step For Us

Do you think we are paying too much for oil? Do you think that our country depends too much on other countries for oil? Are you tired of seeing the Saudis on TV with more money than the law should allow?

Then you can do one simple thing to make a difference. One thing.

Take a re-usable canvas bag to the grocery store instead of using the plastic bags they give out.

Here's the facts:

100 Billion plastic bags that are used every year = 12 Million barrels of oil
If every American household took one re-usable canvas bag to the store on every trip, our country could save 10 Billion plastic bags. Enough fuel for 50,000 cars for 1 year.

I confess, I haven't been doing this. I have a bag in the car (that I got free from ACU Lectureship - it has Christian Homes on it) that I have been trying to remember to carry into the store. I have switched to paper sacks all the time but that brings up tree issues - at least paper sacks recycle and decompose.

So, don't you have a freebie canvas bag laying around the house that can become your grocery bag? Or, at least, one of them?

I saw this on the Today Show -


Tammy M. said...

I am switching over to the new lightbulbs this month, and I will keep some reusable bags in my car. On my flight to California they showed a movie about the Arctic and highlighted a newborn polar bear and a newborn seal and followed them for years, and showed how global warming is affecting them. I know that there are opinions here and there about all that, but I will just do what I can. By the way I switched to gallon jugs of water!!!!!!!!

holly said...

This was eye opening for me. Target has re-usable bags right now in the dollar spot. To be honest I really thought when you go buy groceries you'd need so many. Your post help me to understand even just one bag could help.

soul and culture said...

Why is it that bags are plastic, but sacks are paper?

Pennies In My Pocket said...

We switched over to the new lightbulbs a few months ago and I really need to do more than that. I saw this on the Today Show, too ... very inspiring! Thanks for reminding me!!


Pennies In My Pocket said...

In reply to your comment on my blog - I replied to you on mine, but not sure if you'd see it -

We're putting 71 of those ugly little bulbs in our overhead lighting in our new house we're building. PLUS, we just got approved for solar power!! We are hoping that we'll be able to afford it. Our power company does give a rebate, but it's not that great of one. Crossing fingers, praying and hoping that we can get it!! (forgot to mention that part on the comment on my blog)