Waste is Complicated
Our perception of waste can be personal. If you live close to a beach or if you have asthma, your idea of pollution might differ.
Someone who cleans up trails, or side walks, might again feel different about plastic, than someone who lives close to a paper plant.
Without taking a specific stance, we believe that it is generally a good idea to reduce waste and to stop using unnecessary items, like disposable bags.
We hope that a Reusable Bag Ordinance will not only reduce waste, but that it will make us generally more familiar with the concept of reusing rather than disposing.
What is a Good Bag?
For every product you buy, you should consider the following:
Do I need it?
Where was it made?
How was it made?
How long and how often will I use it?
What will happen with it after its usage?
The carbon footprint of a product, in this case the bag, should be taken into account as well as its toxicity and possible lifespan.
Furthermore you need to know what sanitation options you have in your locality
The bottomline: the longer and more often you use your bag, or any product, the 'cleaner' it becomes.
A good bag is:
Better plastic choices:
Plastic #1 - PET or PETE
Plastic #2 - High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
Plastic #4 - Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Plastic #5 - Polypropylene (PP)
Plastic #3 -Polyvinyl Chloride
Plastic #6 - Polystyrene (PS)
Plastic #7 - “Other”
Better textile choices:
Repurposed fabric, thrift store bags, bamboo, hemp, flax, wool or other sustainable or 'eco-friendly' produced fibres
Conventional cotton, polyester, acrylic, rayon, acetate, triacetate, nylon, anything that is chemically treated for static resistance, stain resistance, fire resistance, or is permanent press, wrinkle-free or is treated with a moth repellant
Make your own reusable bag of repurposed fabric at the Community Center of Northern Westchester
The Community Center of Northern Westchester has a drop-in class is every Friday from 10AM – 1PM
Attendees can make a free bag for themselves and then one for the center. Bags are available for a donation of $15 at Gossett’s Farm Market on Saturday mornings or here at the Center. All monies generated from the sale of bags is used in the overall Community Center budget for programs. It's process is to learn a skill (or brush up on an old skill), make new friends, help the center and help the environment all in one.
Please call Celeste at 914.232.6572 x102 to reserve a spot at one of our machines!