Copper River Record December 13, 2018
By Robin Mayo
When faced with big global problems like plastic pollution, it is easy to get overwhelmed, and feel like your small positive contribution is a drop in the ocean. But the truth is, the one place we can have a real influence is by changing our habits, and if many people make small changes, it can add up to a big difference. Plus, it feels good to do the right thing!
With that in mind, a group of local people who want to make positive changes set up a table at the Kenny Lake Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. Our mission was to put re-usable bags in the hands of shoppers to use for their purchases. As a cool bonus, the bags we provided were recycled, as they were made of T-Shirts donated by one of our local thrift shops, New to You in Glennallen. Thank You Heike!
We handed out about 40 bags, and quite a few people made their own bags, a fun new skill to help in their path towards sustainability. To continue to spread this fun idea, here are instructions for making a bag out of a T-shirt:
Save the scraps! Cut rings out of the sleeves to use as headbands, hairbands, or to tie up gangly tomato plants.
Now that you’ve mastered the process, you can look at your overflowing T-Shirt drawer in a whole new light. This is a great way to get the ones you don’t (or can’t…) wear back in circulation, bringing back memories of tournaments, vacations, and concerts. I still have Tshirts dating back to my teenage years, but they seem to have shrunk in storage, so I’m excited to find a use for them.
(Possible Sidebar?/put it in a box?)
Secrets of the Bring Your Own Bag Society*
Who We Are
WISEfriends are several writers connected with Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, a nonprofit organization located in Alaska's Copper River Valley. Most of these articles originally appeared in our local newspaper, the Copper River Record.