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originally posted by: Dae
Well people we have done "our" part, now its up to the rich bastards who own these plastic corporations to get on to this!
I saved up a lot of those plastic bags before I got re-usable bags, but I do have a garden where I can compost peels etc so I have very little to put in them, sometimes just other bags like a plastic bread bag. But now I usually have the discipline to take the re-usable bags with me.
originally posted by: nOraKat
I'll be honest. I don't have the discipline to carry several shopping bags to the supermarket every time I go shopping, so I always come home with tons of plastic shopping bags. I also live in an apartment building and don't have facilities to compost so I just throw food scraps (vegetable peels or whatever) into these non bio-degradable shopping bags and throw them out in the trash (thinking, I should at least make use of them).
For the present, you still have to feel guilty even if you use these bags and just throw them out. The only way you're off the hook is if you compost them yourself, or specifically give your used bags to a composter (and who would that be?) because they are not going to compost in a typical landfill. Newspapers come from natural sources (trees) and are biodegradable and compostable, but they might last about as long as plastic grocery bags in a landfill, and biodegradable versions of plastic bags might last about as long as the real plastic bags.
Imagine a waste dump that would simply turn into fertile soil.
Anyway with these products - if supermarkets and other vendors would implement them, I wouldn't have to feel so guilty about carrying loads of groceries back home.
So, if you want to feel less guilty, really the best bet is to develop some discipline and take the re-usable shopping bags with you. My grocery store sells them, and I got mine on Earth Day when they were on sale for 50% off.
Landfills Too Tightly Packed for Most Trash to Biodegrade
Most landfills are fundamentally anaerobic because they are compacted so tightly, and thus do not let much air in. As such, any biodegradation that does take place does so very slowly.
“Typically in landfills, there’s not much dirt, very little oxygen, and few if any microorganisms,” says green consumer advocate and author Debra Lynn Dadd. She cites a landfill study conducted by University of Arizona researchers that uncovered still-recognizable 25-year-old hot dogs, corncobs and grapes in landfills, as well as 50-year-old newspapers that were still readable.
originally posted by: Biigs
i dont see the big deal here.
Who cares whats what made from its about responsible waste management and recycling, make then out of metal as long as you recirc it who the # cares?
Could make it out of golden panda # for all i care as long as it gets recycled.