What’s wrong with this image?
For the last few days I have been carrying with me a colorful bag made of fabric using it as an alternative to the plastic bags I get offered in all the stores. I cannot believe I did not think of this before nor that the issue has not gotten as much attention here in Sweden as say in France and we like thinking of ourselves as an environment friendly nation. According to my visiting French friend many Frenchmen already have accepted the fact that they cannot expect to get plastic bags in the grocary stores and have to find an alternative.
I rather like the idea of The Interdependence Project to involve the local artists into designing the alternatives for plastic bags: it engages the community on different levels and brings artists into the avantguard of activism.
I could not believe how many plastic bags I said no to for the last few days once I started paying attention to it and was sursprised at how easy it was to find an alternative solution. And that was just little me with a rather moderate shopping capacity. What about the garbage plastic bags? I cannot see any ways to avoid those and have not heard of any biodegradable alternatives to the plastic bags being available in Sweden.
And you too, think of it next time you go shopping and automatically grab a plastic bag when you bought that something:
“Plastic bags are not biodegradable; they clog waterways and pollute the water of our earth. They are a visible form of litter and are made of plastic polymer which is derived from non-renewable resources…” (From the Interdependence Project site)
There is so much we can do at almost no price at all. Isn’t it worth it?
Plastic bags are killing us! This and our indifference.