Every day I have lunch. Sometimes I go to a restaurant but most days I grab a sandwich, soup or salad and bring it back to my office.
Everywhere I go, a carefully-wrapped sandwich is placed into a larger bag. A salad is placed in a large bag. And a small container of pasta or tuna salad is placed into a large bag. Bags bags bags bags. As soon as I get to my office I would crumple the “bag” and toss it out. A brand new and perfectly serviceable bag goes deep six into the garbage within minutes.
I see some folks in these places take their sandwich bag from the counter, walk 10 feet, take out their wrapped sandwich and sit down in the seating area. And pitch the bag into the garbage.
I considered the waste incurred in this avalanche of paper that — usually within minutes (often seconds) — gets tossed out. So for years, I bring the same dog-eared bags back to my lunch joints (I have a collection of bags in my office). And reuse them. Just think if everyone reused bags (lunch, shopping or whatever). I would wager that in one day of saved bags, a lot of trees would be much happier . . . . and the environment a wee bit cleaner. You can also save coffee sleeves (see 10/29/15), note pads (see 7/20/17), water and energy (see “Just Turn it Off” – 7/26/11).
I figure I’ve saved a tree. Or two. And a few gallons of water. Every little bit helps. Or hurts. Do it for your grandchildren. You can do this!