Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Day 329 of our Green Year: Biodegradable Garbage Bags

At the ranch, we have a bin for cans, a bin for bottles, a bin for milk jugs (the bottles we take back to the organic store for money back), a bin for small cardboard and a bin for large cardboard. In addition, we have a very large compost pile going. However, the one thing that we do not have that is green is the garbage bags, which hold the little amount of garbage that we create. We try to limit our packaging and try and recycle everything that we have, so only a small amount of garbage is created.

Well, today we found and are going to keep using biodegradable garbage bags. Before, we had purchased recycled garbage bags, which are great but we were really intrigued by the biodegradable garbage bags. Manufactured by GLAD, they will biodegrade in the sun. If everyone used these types of garbage bags, it would take a large amount of plastic out of our landfills. We can't use cloth garbage bags, but we can make sure the garbage bags we use will slowly disappear and not clog our landfills. Even recycled material garbage bags can't do that.

Today, Layla and I did our weekly grocery shop and decided to check out the Misella Delite Organic Cafe in our town. It was a great experience. They sell a variety of organic and vegan dishes, as well as environmentally-friendly items. On top of that, they provide take out containers that are 100 percent biodegradable and if you bring them back for more take out, they will take 50 cents off each meal. No, we were not asked to put up a review of this place and no we are not getting a discount or anything :). We just feel that restaurants like this are great for our bodies and the environment and should get as much business as possible.