Hi everybody, I am back!
This is my second blog post of the No Impact Man Project. As I mentioned in my first blog post, I am giving up all kind of plastic bags. It is extremely HARD! – Please, trust me.
I already feel so regretted of giving up this so-needed thing in my life. Let’s me ask you a question: Who doesn’t need a plastic bag? Yes, no one. Indeed, people would not let you out of their store without a plastic bag. They look at you as you are an alien who just denied to have a bag for your new clothes. Yes, I got that situation for shopping at H&M this Spring break. It is so awkward.
Finally, the seller was fine to me, she accepted putting my new clothes in my reusable bag. Not so pretty, but indeed, good for the environment, I whispered. Some girls behind me giggled, but I did not care. I am doing my project, watch out girls!
So including my Spring break and a few more days before it, I have calculated 10 days I did not use any plastic bags. According to Oribags Innovation LTD (www.oribags-innovation.com), “The carbon footprint of plastic (LDPE or PET, polyethylene) is about 6 kg CO2 per 1 kg of plastic,” and “about 20 plastic bags is equal to a kilogram.”
This is the graph showing how one plastic bag can impact your life:
Have you ever reuse any of them? If you did, this graph is for you.
As I mentioned, I usually use 47 to 50 plastic bags per week. It also means I consumed about 15 kg CO2 a week. I am shocked. If I did not know about this Project, I have already consumed 22 kg Co2 in 10 days. Additionally, it could be more than that. A study says that in Spring Break, Winter Break or nationals holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas time, consumers have more free times to go shop and they consume triple times of plastic bottles and plastic bags as compared to regular time.
Next, water footprint – what is it?
Simply, everything we use, wear, buy, sell and eat takes water to make.
The water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use. The water footprint can also tell us how much water is being consumed by a particular country – or globally – in a specific river basin or from an aquifer.
According to treehugger.com, it takes as least 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic (one pound is possibly a half of kilo). So, consuming 47 to 50 plastic bags per week (before I started this project), equally 2.5 kilograms of plastic, will cost 24 x 5 = 120 gallons of water. This is extremely serious to the Earth! Thank Prof, I stopped using them.
In conclusion, before I started this project, I consumed 22 kg CO2 in 10 days, and I wasted 120 gallons of fresh water. On the other hand, after 10 days knowing about this No Man Impact Project, I only consumed 7 plastic bags. I saved about 20 kg CO2 and 100 gallons fresh water! Honestly, I feel a lot better than my past. I should read these “greenie” websites a long time ago. Using plastic bags is not just dangerous but harmful to the land, the ocean, the air, the green space. Once, a plastic bag is out of the ocean, a turtle can eat it and stop breathing. Humankind is not the only kind in this world. We live together with other animals, insects, plants. We should protect each other and maintain our balanced system. Knowledge is powerful. If you are reading my Blog, please acknowledge that your action now is your children future. By not using plastic bags, we are saving our green space right now, right at this moment.
Indeed, using plastic bags is not just dangerous but harmful to the land, the ocean, the air, the green space. Once a plastic bag is out to the ocean, a turtle can eat it and stop breathing. The plastic piece can also last forever in the animal’s tummy. It is so cruel for letting them eat plastic. Humankind is not the only kind in this world. We live together with other animals, insects, plants. We should protect each other and maintain our balanced system. Knowledge is powerful. If you are reading my Blog, please acknowledge that your action now is your children future. By not using plastic bags, we are saving our green space right now, right at this moment.
P/S: This is my new reusable bags collection.