Today (Saturday, 9/8/07) at noon, Egan Sanders, the “Bagonaut,” will be lowered by crane into a canvas bag 8′ tall by 6′ wide outside the Sam’s Club in San Angelo, TX. He will remain there for 24 hours “to raise awareness of the environmental challenges that plastic shopping bags present.” Volunteers at the event will hand out free canvas shopping bags in exchange for non-perishable food donations for the local food bank. At 7pm, movies will be projected using the giant canvas bag as a screen.
If you live near San Angelo, TX, please stop by and say hi. I’ve communicated with Egan, and he seems like a down-to-earth guy with real concern for the environment and a great sense of humor. He also espouses a philosophy which I heartily endorse:
Plastic is not the enemy; it is a useful material that has created many products for our society. Plastic bags are not the problem – it is how we use and dispose of them… Read the rest
That’s me with the sun in my eyes after running/walking (and by that I mean dragging my sorry, untrained butt) 13.1 miles in the blistering Socal sun. The temperature was already 80 degrees at 6am, the start of the Disneyland Half Marathon. And our group didn’t actually start running until 6:30. By mid-day, the temperature soared to 108. I don’t know what it was when I crossed the finish line at 9:30am, but it was definitely somewhere between hot and fully baked.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This isn’t the blog about running. It’s the one about plastic. And I have some things to say about avoiding plastic waste while traveling.
My one piece of advice is: Plan ahead! I give this advice after finding out what happens when you don’t do it. It never occurred to me to research the environmental policies of airlines or car rental companies or hotels or other cities. My friend David and I signed up for the race in… Read the rest
Back from the fiery furnace known as Anaheim, CA. Still in one stiff and sore but mostly okay piece. More about the trip and the race and the plastic situation in Southern California (and I’m not just talking about surgery) later. For now, it’s all I can do to list the tally for the week ending Sunday, 9/02:
Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
5 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
1 outer wrap from a box of Refresh Endura eye drops.
3 So Delicious mini frozen sandwich wrappers . These are all gone now.
1 Garofalo spaghetti wrapper. I still have 2 more packages to use up.
1 plastic wrapper from a Wholphin DVD. These are a series of DVDs that I subscribed to months ago by the folks at McSweeney’s. Not sure how many more I have coming. Of course, this doesn’t even include the plastic the DVD itself… Read the rest