Guilt assuaged.

Gasp! A plastic baggie!

I wouldn't say that I'm the "greenest" person you'll ever meet.

When we lived in Ohio, we recycled EVERYTHING... but used a lot of paper plates.

Then we moved to Mexico in 2006 and I'll tell you what, there was no recycling here. Today apparently there is, but it's not even remotely convenient and I'm not convinced they aren't just moving the trash to another part of Cabo I can't see.

That said, we try to do our part. Among other things, we've stopped using paper plates years ago (except at birthday parties and when we have gobs of people over. Because we don't have a dishwasher. Another post for another day) and I re-use containers and ziplock bags like a hoarder. Yes, ziplock bags.

Craig makes fun of me for it, yet I see no reason why a perfectly functional large ziplock bag needs to be thrown out.

We make it a point to rarely use small ziplock bags, too. For Lila's lunch, leftovers, you name it - we use our snapware. But seriously, that's plastic... so? Is that any BETTER for the environment? Ugh. Who knows.

So anywho, I have this thing with small ziplock bags. I heard on some save the planet show that small ziplocks were NOT at ALL recyclable therefore using them was essentially equivalent to killing babies.

GUILT.

Totally not worth it to me.

Well, by golly - looky here: you CAN recycle ziplock brand bags at your local (not my local) grocery store. (See here.)

So there. Wash 'em out and dry them (it's easy) and turn them in.

And, there's a whole bunch of other "unique recycleables" that you can turn in with them. (Am I the only one who didn't know this? I have been living outside of the U.S. for six years.)
  • Ziploc® Bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic grocery bags (I knew this one.)
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Dry-cleaning bags
  • Bread bags and produce bags (Who knew?)
  • Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps (Also, who knew?)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • All clean bags labeled #2 or #4
Goodbye, guilt.

P.S. I'll be mailing all of my washed and dried out ziplock baggies to one lucky reader. Who wants 'em? :)

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2 comments:

  1. I wish I could post a picture of the portion of my kitchen between my wall and the fridge. There is a towering pile of items from every bullet point you mentioned above. Most of these things are stashed inside those ginormous babies r us bags and are precariously stacked on top of each other. It's horrible, but it does make me feel better that I'm not throwing it away. Unfortunately, I always forget to take the towers of plastic with me to the store... so they just continue to grow...

    We wash and re-use plastic ziploc bags as well.

    However, we do try to avoid them - which just isn't always possible. We use our collection of Snack Taxis as often as we can. Check them out - http://www.snacktaxi.com/.

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  2. It's so hard. We do recycle but I'm always sickened by how my trash we throw away. Seriously what happens to all the trash we generate? I know there are land fills but I need to research this more. The subject scares and fascinates me.

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