Last year we transported the homemade compost in my trunk from Norfolk, VA to Yulee, FL in order not to waste what we’d worked so hard to make and in order to use the homemade compost in our new garden.
The compost didn’t smell bad, but it was hot and wet and left a mess in the bags.So, I pinned them down in my brother in-law’s back yard with bricks and hung a few on the end of his hammock. The wind whipped them dry, and clean. So, I used them again, and again and again. We used them just the other day when we pulled off on the side of the road to scoop up grass clippings to smooth over our garden.
My husband’s co-worker also bags his grass, as did his brother. Both were beyond generous in sharing their grass with us to use in our compost bin and to blanket the garden in order to keep out the weeds throughout last gardening season. I dry the bags out on the tiki torches in the back yard on a windy day, neatly fold them and ask his co-worker and his brother to use them the next time they bag for us.
I always get strange looks. But if the bag has no holes in it and is in perfectly good condition, why not?
It’s often difficult to get people to think outside of the box. They say, “Why would I use something used when I could use a new one?” I think, why would I use something new, when I could use something used? A new product takes more energy, money, and material to create and once we’ve used it for whatever purpose, it’s just one more product in the landfill.
So, why not reuse that garbage bag when you’re transporting or doing yard work? I haven’t had to buy garbage bags in over a year, baby! Less waste, more money in my wallet. SCORE!
- NJ Towns Looking At Adopting ‘Pay As You Throw’ Garbage Plan (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Addressing The Deficit With Garbage, Ctd (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- How many garbage bags do you use? (thebrainofkate.wordpress.com)
- The Plastic Garbage Bags Benefits (foodstaycation.com)