In 1989, my New Year’s resolution was to use reusable grocery bags. I bought five bags. I still use those bags plus a few more. That was 25 years ago
Here is the math. If I used my five bags 45 times a year, it saved 225 bags. That is 5,625 bags in 25 years.
It seems like my little bit isn’t going to save the earth. If you multiply that by 3,500 households in Flin Flon and Creighton there would be 19,687,500 fewer plastic bags in 25 years. Multiply that by other communities in our great country. These numbers show that little habits can make a big difference.
Reusing is an important habit to develop. Here are some other useful tips.
- Buy a good water bottle instead of bottled water. Our water supply is very safe so it can be filled at the tap.
- Use cloths for napkins, wiping up messes instead of paper towels.
- Use a refillable coffee mug.
- Get rid of unwanted items at garage sales, second hand stores or give them to local organizations or others who can use them.
- Shop at the second hand stores.
- Take your left over plastic bags to the Food bank or second hand stores.
- Use leftover plastic containers for organizing things like toys, items in the workshop, etc.
Reusing is the second priority reducing our damage to the earth. Reducing is first.
An example is repairing things instead of buying new. It is cheaper for the environment even if it costs more.
Everything we have comes from the earth. Our little habits of reducing and reusing leave something for future generations.