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Friday, February 18, 2011

How You Trash the Environment Every Time You Shop at a Retail Store!


Most everyone is contributing to the one of the worst environmental legacies humanity has bestowed onto planet earth. And this awful legacy will not simply go away, even if humans disappeared. It seems this epic tragedy will last for a very long time. This awful legacy we are creating on the planet is huge, and yet most people do not see it and do not know about it. What am I talking about? You may have heard it called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. While this is a big name, scientists are now realizing that the same conditions that created this Pacific Ocean pile of trash exist in five other locations on the globe. So, this is really a global phenomenon.

And here is the worst part, most of the “trash” is really plastic, in fact little

pieces of plastic. Did you know that plastic lasts forever? That’s right, everyday we are creating huge amounts of plastic that will stay with us forever! Did you know that marine animals are swimming in plastic pieces every day and ingesting it since it looks like food. So, if you eat seafood, you are most likely eating plastic too! You see, how we treat the environment is truly how we treat ourselves.

Please don’t listen to the plastic industry’s propaganda. The solution to plastic is not recycling. Plastic can only be recycled a few times and then it is unusable and therefore becomes trash that fouls the environment. And most of it is not recycled, and it blows away too easily. That is why we see plastic bags everywhere in forests, streams, and wetlands.

The good thing is that each person can simply stop using plastic since there are many great planet friendly alternatives today. So, you can live greener and you don’t have to change your lifestyle very much.
Here is a great example. Every time you shop at a retail store you are decimating the environment. How? When you take the free plastic bags the stores eagerly give away when you pay for your items. Yes, this seemingly benign practice is trashing the environment forever. Here’s the solution. Bring your own reusable shopping bags with you when you shop and decline the plastic bags. Even the paper bags are much better than plastic since they are biodegradable and recyclable.

And there are great biodegradable plastic bags called BioBags that are the only truly biodegradable bags on the market. BioBags can be used for produce, for compost bins, for trash cans, for dog poop, and so on. At our house we use the BioBags Tall Kitchen Bags for all of our small to medium size trash cans in the house like in the office, bathrooms, and bedrooms. And we use the BioBags Lawn & Leaf Bags for the big kitchen trash can. We have now stopped using petroleum made plastic bags in our house! We are so happy to have stopped using petroleum plastic bags that pollute the environment. That we are helping the planet instead of polluting it gives us a warm fuzzy feeling every time we think about our good deed!

GHL currently sells BioBags Dog Waste Bags, Tall Kitchen Bags (13 gal), and Lawn & Leaf Bags (33 gal). Soon GHL will have BioBags produce bags that one can use when shopping for food at the grocery store. Now is a great time to purchase BioBags since GHL is offering them at a 10% discount!


To see the different types of BioBags, click here:
http://www.greenharmonyliving.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=99_144


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