MAKE YOUR OWN LEARN HOW TO QUICKLY UPCYCLE AN OLD TANK TOP INTO A NEW REUSABLE BAG.
ARTICLE EMILY O'BRIEN PHOTOGRAPHY KARA DEYOUNG
DID YOU KNOW THE CITY OF BOULDER IS WORKING HARD TO BECOME A ZERO-WASTE COMMUNITY BY 2025? Right now, 90% of what we throw away could be recycled or composted. Together, we can change this. According to The Sierra Club's Sierra magazine, Americans throw away an estimated 100 billion plastic bags each year, and only 1% to 3% are recycled. Yikes. “Bringing your own reusable bag is way better than getting a fresh paper or plastic bag every time you go to the grocery store, but just how beneficial depends on how many times you use it. The more your reusable bag goes to the store with you, the more you save on natural resources — petroleum, trees, water — and the lower your carbon footprint,” says Harlin Savage, communication director at Eco-Cycle. If you live in Boulder, you’re likely already toting around a reusable bag. After the city initiated a ten cents disposable bag charge roughly five years ago, there was a notable drop in usage within the first six months— 68%! “What your reusable bag is made of is also important. We recommend buying one made with recycled materials for added benefit. You can also make your own bags, which has the added benefit of saving you money,” says Savage. 90
Boulder Lifestyle | September 2018
September 2018 Issue of Boulder Lifestyle