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March 17, 2011

Bag it! Boulder : Time for Boulder to Break Up with Plastic

Every so often, a relationship just grows sour. Don’t be upset. It’s just a part of life. Things will just come in and out of your life as if they never existed in the first place. Pepsi Clear. Your once-yearly fling with Girl Scout cookies. A gelatinous blob of “meat” called the McRib. It’s time to add plastic bags to the list of break ups.

(Limit the use of plastic bags. Sign our petition)

In Boulder, Colorado, we have the opportunity to not only protect our environment, but critically shift the paradigm of things-to-carry-groceries-or-pick-up-dog-poop-with. By limiting the use of plastic bags, Ireland saw a 95% reduction in plastic litter on their hillsides. The amount of oil used to make your car go one mile is the same amount used to make about 14 plastic bags. On top of that? It takes about 1,000 years for them to degrade. Gross.

If the first thing you thought of was, “How am I going to pick up my dog’s poop?” Worry not, dearest reader, as there are biodegradable pick-up bags at your nearest PetSmart. And, they’re cheap!

Besides taking active steps in your own life to limit your plastic use, here’s how you can help politically : Sign our petition. City Council is going to need to know it has the support of the public before it takes on such an initiative. If you think breaking up with plastic is a good idea, get out that gallon of ice cream, sign our petition and get movin’ on. There are plenty of fish in the sea. Many of them are canvass.

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