As Kermit the Frog sang:

It’s not easy being green. . .
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be

We are doing something different here at the Craft Box this month. We usually choose a charity to do a project for, but this month we are choosing Mother Earth by encouraging everyone to come by and pick up a fabric and pattern pack to make a reusable shopping bag. Our inspiration comes from the Green Bag Lady Project (you can read more about it at ). Here are some startling statistics regarding plastic bags:

* It is estimated that worldwide plastic bag consumption falls between 500 billion and 1 trillion bags annually. That breaks down to almost 1 million every minute.
* The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.
* In good circumstances, high-density polyethylene will take more than 20 years to degrade. In less ideal circumstances (land fills or as general refuse), a bag will take more than 1,000 years to degrade.
* The U.S. goes through 100 billion single-use plastic bags. This costs retailers about $4 billion a year.

We can help bring about a cultural shift away from use-and-toss culture by using reusable bags and eliminate hundreds (if not thousands) of plastic bags.

It’s not easy being green, but it’s worthwhile.

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