Archives for December 2012

Thanks Alameda County!

…for joining others in banning plastic bags!

Happy New Year!

On January 1, 2013, the county that I live in, Alameda County, will ban plastic bags and will require a minimum 10-cent charge on paper and reusable bags.  The cost could go up to a minimum of 25-cents in 2015 if it’s felt that the 10-cent charge isn’t deterring consumers.

The ban excludes restaurants, take-out food, retail stores not selling packaged food, or charitable thrift stores.  Maybe future regulations will include these or maybe you and I can just start to incorporate reusable bags into all our daily purchases.  This is a small way to live consciously, that if everyone did could make a big difference.

Admittedly, sometimes I forget my reusable bags even though we have a stack at our door.  If in a pinch you forgot your bag and you happen to have a t-shirt and scissors available, I came across an easy make grocery store bag project that you can do with your kids.  When our current supply of re-usable bags wears out, we’ll be making these!

Re-usable t-shirt grocery bag

From Craft’s Ideas for Kids

http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-no-sew-tote-bag-craft-from-recycled-old-t-shirts/

Here’s to a more conscious 2013 and may other counties follow in the growing list of counties prohibiting plastic bags!