So just for fun, I decided to keep track of how many plastic bags I "refuse" in the run of an average month by bringing along reusable cloth bags. I am not a "shopper" and buy only groceries and necessities for our three-person family. And just to make that same point for a two-person household, I had my mum do it too.
So guess how many plastic bags were not handed out to our small, three-person family during the month of May?
71!! Yes, that's 71 less plastic bags that needed to be manufactured, or worse, ended up blowing around, hanging on trees or clogging our landfills. And yes, if you do the math, that averages out to more than 850 plastic bags in only one year for one small family!
My mom's two-person household refused 38 bags!
So if you don't think that your ONE household has much impact, I challenge you to do the math and either count the bags you do accept or better yet, count the ones you don't!