In all our travels there’s one thing that’s common amongst all “third world”(I hate that term BTW) countries.  It’s the prevelance of an unbelievable amount of plastic waste.  Disposable water bottles are plaguing these countries and tourism plays a big part in that.  From the treks of Nepal to the beaches of Vietnam, plastic water bottles are everywhere.  

Where I live back home in the beautiful state of Idaho we have another plastic problem.  And that is plastic bags.  It’s amazing how many they use when packing up your groceries.  It’s almost as if they get a commission for using more.  An absolute waste.

All around Idaho plastic bags are heavily discouraged or not used at all.  It will be a long time before that happens in Idaho.  But I want to do my part and make the world a better place.

Just like anything in life, habits are a bitch to change, and the convenience of plastic bags has become habit for many of us.  I am going to challenge myself to a month of no plastic bags so I can get out of the habit.  

I encourage any of you out there to do the same.  Let’s all make it a point to use less plastic and leave a better planet for those who follow us.

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Pretty clear we need to stop right?

Where I live there is no movement to try and cut back. If you ask for a paper bag they give you a dirty look as it inconveniences them.

Our plan is to use the reusable shopping bags that you can find just about anywhere. We would only use paper bags if we happened to forget our reusable bags. I’m also going to be getting all my coworkers on this plan as well. If you already do this maybe your challenge could be to get another person on the same program.

Leave a comment and let us know that you’re doing this. We’d love to hear from you.

I challenge you to reduce your use of plastic. Whether it's plastic bags at the grocery store or disposable water bottles, we can all make a difference.