Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 17, 2011

Got bags?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 5:27 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

A dishwasher device called bag-e-wash will help you use one bag 25-50 times. Or wash by hand like most of us do.

Last year a ranger housemate strung a line over the kitchen sink and used clothespins for drying every plastic bag he used and washed. This prompted me to give serious thought to how many I’ve thrown out in my lifetime, and I began to ponder the problem of over-packaging.

If you’ve shopped on any other continent, you bring your own bags and containers and refill them again and again. What is it about America that encourages disposable everything?!? Is convenience the be-all and end-all?

News flash: “Plastic Bag Makers Sue Reusable Bag Company for Loss of Sales.” I am not making this up. However, I sure am doing my part to limit and eventually end my use of throw-away bags. I’ll bet you didn’t know that those foil-lined paper bags containing Goldfish crackers can be refilled with your preferred mixture of pumpkin seeds, pretzels, craisins, soy nuts, and almonds… and can go in your backpack every day for a good week before starting to wear out.

My beef jerky re-closable bag? It’s being used again and again and again. I buy local jerky in bulk and keep it in the freezer and load a chunk each day for my lunch. I’ll let you know how long that one plastic bag lasts, but it is showing no signs of wear after THREE MONTHS.

See if you can get creative this week and prevent a few disposable items from hitting the trash can prematurely. We’re accustomed to thinking of bags as single-use throw-away containers; this mindset creates untold disposal woes. Leave a comment about ways you re-use items to cut down on what goes into the landfill.


  1. Do you remember…. about 20 years ago I made a bag dryer. Three dowels, different lengths, stuck in a piece of wood, each with a wooden ball on top. Painted white. Dried bags for all this time. Many people thought I was cheap. (Clothespins also work.)

    Comment by Mom — June 18, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

    • CHEAP!! You were far ahead of the “environmentally conscious” curve! Now I remember this and admire you EVEN MORE. Way to go, Mom!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — June 19, 2011 @ 9:06 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: