I simply want everything I do to be an act of worship to God. ********************EVERYTHING******************** like a spider's web, intricately woven, the threads of our lives are entwined, making us who we are, where we are, at this time in history.... here's a small record of one family's journey to love God

Monday, March 12, 2007


Have you noticed that little ticker I've got in my sidebar?

Can you believe that many plastic bags have been consumed this year? What happens to them? Where do they go? Well, if you click on the ticker it'll take you to a site that has pictures of where some of them end up - polluting the earth.

I first started thinking about plastic bags when I lived in Poland back in the early nineties. You had to buy them. They didn't come free. Just like everyone else, we bought a wicker basket and used that for doing our shopping. Almost twenty years later that same basket is going strong, and it's never broken spilling its contents onto the ground, and when it eventually does die, it can go into the compost and help my grandchildren's veges grow!
(there she is on the left)

Sometimes it used to be a bit of a squeeze to get a week's worth of food from the market into the basket...and now with another eight mouths to feed, it's impossible. So I've made a whole lot of bags, which we take when we go out. They are a talking point and I can spread the word a wee bit.

At first my kids weren't too sure. But they have noticed the ticker. They cannot even imagine how bit the number has got to now - it's much bigger than a million;-)
We worked out what our little effort can do.....if we were to get six bags at the grocery store and another four at the vege shop, then another couple later in the week for more fruit and a couple from the butcher and then three or four more for gifts or clothing or books or other random purchases we might make and one or two from the dairy....that's potentially twenty bags a week. About a thousand bags a year. And we're only one family.
So now my kids have joined me on the crusade to use reusable sustainable natural bags. Our favourites are the ones we make from clothing that has been worn out, but I'd really like to buy one of these recycled juice bags that I've seen at Trade Aid. At first I was put off by the $30 price tag - but if we stopped buying plastic bags at 10c a bag (not to mention the hidden costs of disposal and the longterm nightmare they present), we would save $100 a year and could instead put our money towards supporting some families in the Philippines who are getting a fair wage for making these. WIN-WIN


Jen and family said...

wow that sure is a lot of plastic bags
r u a new zealander?
how long did you live in Poland for?
visit me at http://jenz.wordpress.com/

Mama Monk said...

Hi Rach--
Your bag and basket idea is great! We have a huge store in Canada called The Great Canadian Super Store. In order for them to keep their prices low, they require shoppers to pay 5 cents a bag, bag their own groceries and put a loonie into the shopping cart to "rent" it during the shopping trip. I think it's great, despite the inconvenience. I try to always remember my recyclable/cloth bags and it feels so much better tucking them in a drawer for next time rather then throwing *another* plastic bag away.
Thanks for the post!

Rach said...

Jen, I lived in Poland for a couple of years - and yes I'm a kiwi!

MamMonk, I just *knew* you'd use reusables!!!! Lovely to hear from you again.

Jen and family said...

I have friends who live in Poland they are New Zealanders though
visit me at http://jenz.wordpress.com/