RESOURCE MINIMIZATION PLEDGE IDEAS
Click on a pledge to find out more information about what it means to make a pledge and the impact it will have
(Think – what if EVERYONE in the WORLD switched to one of these more sustainable practices?)
Create your own, or:
(Images from www.climatecrisis.net)
Impact if one person does it: Save ~ 523 bags per year. Energy to make one bag = 0.174kw/h (plastic) and 0.73kW/h (paper). Total savings in one year = 382kWh, 0.73trees, 0.89 barrels of oil, in addition to many other things such as a reduction in the death of marine animals killed, reduction of bags going to landfill, etc.
If everyone in the world brings their own bag, this means there is ZERO demand for disposable bags. No plastic grocery bags would save ~12,000,000 barrels of oil per year. No paper grocery bag save about 14 million trees per year.
What does this entail:
This would require planning ahead. Keep multiple canvas bags (or other bags you have from previous trips) in your car incase of unplanned stop, or bring your knapsack and canvas bags when you do go shopping. Re-use existing bags you have instead of getting new ones. If you forgot your bags try waiting another day, or load your groceries into your car from the basket and put them in a bag when you get home.
Bonuses: Most grocery stores give a 5c discount per bag. This
can really add up! (10 bags per trip, four trips per month = $24/year!)
Pledges to date: 77