Daily Challenge Sunday Jun. 24, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Clear out your plastic bag clutter, then re-use or recycle them.

How to do it

Are your cabinets and closets packed with plastic supermarket bags? Clear all that clutter and move it out! Gather the bags up and put them by the door to remind you to take them for recycling at the supermarket, or figure out ways to re-use them. Some ideas include packing lunches, containing toys or crafts with small parts, or lining your trash cans.

Why it matters

Clutter of any type makes it hard for us to find what we need and can leave us feeling frustrated. By keeping it out of your cabinets and drawers, things will be tidier and more organized. And by keeping the bags out of landfills, you may make the environment tidier, too. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade - and as they do, they deposit tiny bits of toxic chemicals into our land and water, which can affect our health.

Fun fact

Residents of the city of Glendale, Arizona can drop their plastic shopping bags into special containers for use by local dog owners, who can re-use the bags to pick up after their pooches during walks.


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