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Oct. 12th, 2008 @ 01:52 pm (no subject)
Hello, I've been watching this community on and off for a bit, first time posting though! My big "green" effort at the moment is to stop using plastic bags. I've bought fabric bags for groceries, and I'm going to buy lunchboxes for myself and my fiancé.

I wondered, however, what you guys would suggest as an alternative to plastic for garbage bags? I don't think that fabric bags would be that great since they'd sort of soak up the juice from the food thrown out - for various reasons composting isn't an option at the moment, but it will be in the future. But you can't compost everything.

Also, we normally keep our plastic grocery bags for the droppings when we clean the cat's litterbox...

Any suggestions?
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Date:October 12th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I have heard of people purchasing "biodegradable" bags for garbage and/or cat litter things, but I've never done it myself and I've heard mixed reviews. I do find that now that we compost and recycle, there's so little that goes into the garbage that we don't even need to put garbage out every week. I know you mentioned you can't compost, but of course there are other ways to reduce the amount of garbage and the reducing could be sort of a first step in your process. Even if you didn't find an alternative to the plastic garbage bags, putting fewer of them in the landfill would be a good improvement, too.

Also, for the cat's litterbox, you would be surprised where you can find bag-like things (once you run out of old grocery bags). If you purchase cereal or crackers, they come inside a bag (inside the box) that is perfect for cat scoopage. Even if you get bulk foods, sometimes the bag from the store cannot be reused (especially with vegetables if they were wet when you bought them). We very carefully snip the end off the plastic wrap on magazines (the last few that we still get in print) and use these to scoop into as well.

I know you didn't ask, but I still wanted to recommend To-Go Ware for lunchboxes. I am a schoolteacher and I use the To-Go Ware stainless steel "tiffin" and carrying sling. I also have their reusable silverware bundle and some of the smaller tins for dressing. They are a great size for a meal (I would think for adults or kids) and very durable so you never have to worry about them cracking (like the plastic lunch boxes do) or ripping (like the plastic-y, cloth-y lunchbags do). The bonus is that everyone loves them and the way they look, so they are a great conversation starter and I've never met anyone who saw mine and didn't want one of their own LOL ;)
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Date:October 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this was very helpful, thank you so much :-) Good idea, keeping cereal bags for cleaning the litterbox...