Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Paper or (bio)plastic?

Poor little birdy in a bagSan Francisco recently banned the use of plastic grocery bags. But, will the question now be: "Do you want 100% post-consumer recycled paper or old-growth paper bags?"

Paper always seemed to me like a more environmentally friendly way to go (as long as you recycle them) but, in actuality, paper sacks generate 70 percent more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.

Fortunately, the stores in San Francisco can supply biodegradable bags (made from potato starch and the like). Phew! What? There's bad news about biodegradable bags, too? Damn.

Crunchy Chicken Tote BagThe other option of course is to bring your own bags. You can buy them. You can knit them. And, if you have really big huevos, you can knit your own tote bags out of used plastic grocery bags.

Or, you can help support this blog (and its many future giveaways and prizes) by buying a Crunchy Chicken tote bag. Wouldn't that be nice?

If you need to buy them in bulk, a good place to go is 1 Bag At A Time. I just did. We've been planning on switching to reusable bags for, oh, six years? So, now we're going to give it a go.

And for produce bags, check these things out! I'm springing for some of these as well, so I'll report soon on my plastic bag free grocery shopping experience.


QT said...

Cute bag! I have been using reusable. The key it is to have a ton of them & keep some in your car, since it seems like you inevitably forget them at home.

P~ said...

CC. I'm right there with ya on this. I just blogged on it yesterday. My wife and I were able to find some pretty nice bags at the Albertsons that were just .99, but they were't nearly as nice as yours.
Baby steps right, baby steps.

Eva said...

We've been using canvas bags for nearly a year now... and I'll never go back to plastic or paper. Sometimes I forget them. It's amazing how quickly those plastic bags clutter your kitchen!

Very cute bag! How much are you selling them for?

Eva said...

duh, I just clicked on the crunchy chicken link, and now I know that the bags cost $14.99!! Whoops.

Crunchy Chicken said...

eva - yeah, CafePress sets a minimum price on their products.

Anonymous said...

Department of Shameless Self-Promotion Department: For you craftier chickens, I have a blog called Make A Bag where I list all kinds of free patterns for bags to knit, crochet, sew, or macrame. The site is free and ad-free as well; the patterns are all free as well.

You can click on my name to link to it. If you have a pattern you'd like listed, or would like to show off some bags you've made, that's welcome too!

Thanks, Crunchy, for letting me post this!