Going Green

Can we all agree that it’s time to stop using plastic bags? Plastic anything, really. Plastic isn’t biodegradable and regardless of how we dispose of it, it’s not going to go away any time soon. If ever.

With that, we can all applaud the efforts of the group Boomerang Bags, an international movement started by two Australian women to make and give away reusable shopping bags. That movement came to Milford recently when Kathy Parker and Celeste Barr hosted a sewing bee at the shop Free Spirit on the Oval to make reusable bags out of old T-shirts.

There also was one held at the Hollis Social Library in conjunction with Beaver Brook Association.

The idea is spreading and the faster and further it spreads, the better off we’ll all be.

Many people had joined the reusable concept long before Boomerang Bags came to America, bringing totes to the supermarket or opting for boxes instead of plastic bags. Market Basket checkout people, for instance, always ask customers if they would like a box. That’s a good idea, too.

But the best idea is to bring our own bags, whether they’re made from old T-shirts or from canvass, as are many of them, especially ones we get as gifts when we order a magazine or join groups like The Nature Conservancy.

Whatever bags we use, we’re helping to make the world a better place.