Thursday, May 03, 2007

Beating a dead horse?

Yeah, I've been on an environmental kick lately - as well as learning to be more frugal with our money.

I know that Eco bags are all the rage lately and rightfully so, they are wonderful. I have had a couple that have lasted years and years sitting in the closet since my son was born. I recently got them out and dusted them off ;) while trying to justify spending the money right now for a few more.

Things are tight and I just couldn't do it BUT last week when I did my shopping I saw that my local Fred Meyer had these Earthwise Reusable Bags for $0.99 each. I could justify that...and bought a few. Just thought I'd let you know that while I still like the large mesh style of the Eco bags they are sort of pricey, so if you are on a budget the earthwise bags are also an option.

I was shocked when I read on one of the links on their site that...

The U.S. uses 100 billion plastic bags annually, consuming about 12 million barrels of oil. As less than 1% of plastic bags are ever recycled, using a sturdy reusable bag will eliminate hundreds to thousands of plastic bags over its lifetime. That spells huge savings to your state, city or town. Take California for example: it costs taxpayers $20.5 million to collect and landfill plastic bag waste each year. And that's not counting external costs, such as pollution, risk and threat to marine life, etc.

***Also, keeping up with Heather's recovery and the scripture that her hubby shared really spoke to me today. Checking my bloglines it was a nice reminder to say another prayer for her when almost every blog I read had something posted - praying now for her strong recovery....

6 comments:

Mike said...

Reusable bags at Fred Meyer? Hmm. I should check that out.


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Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh that is a wonderful deal- so neat that stores are doing that- and $.99- wow! I use all sorts of bags to supplement my ecobags. I did buy up a couple of those sale sets with my birthday money! Otherwise they can be pricey. I also keep my eye out on clearance bags at Target and have gotten some really cute summery cloth bags for so cheap!

I am praying for Heather and feel so connected with everyone else that is interceding for her. I can't wait to see her have a full recovery!

Steph

Stephanie said...

Ah the power of a market economy! When the demand is there, producers will supply! :)

The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

Keep beating girl, keep beating! There are things people need to be kept aware of! I always have things going through my mind like this. Last week my mom's pastor was drinking bottled water from the pulpet and I told my mom to get him a glass or stainless steele water container instead, they could easily get a filter on the churches sink and fill him up with good pure water without waisting more plastic containers.

Jamie said...

I have been thinking about reusable bags lately, thank you for sharing about Fred Meyer! I will look for those.

K 3 said...

Landed here through the Scavenger Hunt ... looks like you have something in common with Simone! Can you guess!? :)