fancyfingers, on 21 October 2011 - 07:52 PM, said:
I recycle my plastic bags around the house because our city refuses them in the recycling bin. I line my trash cans throughout the house with them. I also cut them into strips, loop the strips together and make a 'plastic yarn' with them and crochet myself my own reusable grocery/store bags. I crochet when I am watching TV with the family. Since I am not a fast crocheter, it takes me a bit of time to make a bag.
That's brilliant. I saw an article once about a woman who made rugs with crocheted plastic bags and I've been meaning to experiment with crocheting plastic ever since. Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to try and make a bag now!
SolaStarr, on 27 October 2011 - 06:20 AM, said:
...I think charging per bag is a good idea to reduce the amount of plastic bags in circulation. As a second though, cant they come up with a solution to make plastic "degrade" faster? If they can get to the moon, surely they can come up with a way to solve this problem...
The problem with what they have so far is that even though many plastics are biodegradable they still produce greenhouse gas emissions in landfills. If we capture more of the gas being emitted and use it for energy it would be fine, but we aren't capturing nearly enough now. But you're right, we do have the intelligence and technology to make it happen.