Much of our daily lives involves the use of plastics. We use it, dispose of it, and never think of it again. If it escapes the landfill or never makes it there, where does it go? One of the lessons I truly want to get across to my students is that of connectedness. We are not seperate from the world around us. We have a place and an impact.
In the Pacific Ocean there is a floating pile of trash, approximately twice the size of Texas. If you'd like to know more watch this video by Chris Jordan.
Here is a wonderful video made by Ramin Bahrani called Plastic Bag. The video anthropomorphizes a plastic bag and takes us on a trip with the bag en route to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
It is quite easy to buy and use reusable cotton bags for your groceries. They are being sold more and more. A product that is a little harder to find is the reusable bag for produce (by EcoBag.com). Here is the kind my partner and I found and use. We prefer the see through ones. It helps the cashier see what's in them. Enjoy.