Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Question

If it takes plastic bags 200 years to breakdown in landfills, then what do you line your trash cans with? It seems like getting cloth bags for grocery shopping is all the rage now, and I wouldn't mind doing that at all, but I reuse those plastic shopping bags in my trash cans. And with little kids, I don't have to tell you how nasty the cans would be without them. Is scrubbing out every trash can in the house every day the only eco-friendly solution or do you all have a better way? Because if that's the only way, I'm afraid I'm going to have to find other ways to reduce my "human footprint". :^)


Wendy said...

I do the same thing.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

That's a great question. I haven't gone to cloth shopping bags because I use them for trash can liners. I figure, better free, reused bags than bags bought new.

I have thought about this, too, though. Could we line them with cloth bags that we could throw in the washing machine? That would probably work most of the time. Except in the kitchen. It would probably be pretty easy to sew some up out of thrifted sheets.

Jacki said...

I use reusable canvas bags when I do my grocery shopping, but use the bags I get at Walmart for the trash cans. But I do like Mrs. Mordecais suggestion about making cloth bags for trash liners.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I had the same conversation just a couple days ago. He wanted to know why our youngest had not put a bag(plastic store bag)in the bathroom garbage can. Because I have 3 reuseable bags that hold alot of groceries, so I only end up with maybe 4 extra plastic bags a week. If we don't use them and we have to wash our our cans more, aren't we wasting water?

Robin in New Jersey