I watched a PBS program awhile back chronicling the emergence of this floating landfill and how it has taken a toll on marine life. It was depressing to say the least. But there are things we can do to help slow the need for plastic bags, etc!
Simply re-using plastic bags that have "zip-loc" tops could do a lot to slow our consumption of plastics!
If you've been affected by the recession, as most of us have, you may be carrying your lunch to work, as I am. And if you carrying your lunch to work, you probably use lil'sandwich bags to separate your foods, as I do. This instructable will show you one way to slow your consumption of those and other plastic "zip-loc" type bags.
Step 1: Food Bags.
I mean, every time you re-use a plastic bag, that's one more plastic bag you don't need!
Here, we have just used the last 2 tortillas from this plastic bag. The bag has a "zip-loc" seal on one end which means it can be used again to hold something else. I decided that something else would be water.
And since I take my lunch to work, I need ice to keep the food cool. But I don't like the ice just floating around in my bag soooo...I freeze water in these bags instead.
Step 2: Fill With Water.
Step 3: Freeze.
Depending on what you're going to use the ice for, you can either lay it flat or stand it up in the freezer.
Step 4: Re-Use!
*Make sure the water is completely frozen before removing from the freezer. Partially frozen water can result in a puncture to the bag...which happened to me this morning! :)