Bag Lady Part II

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I generally pick up trash while I walk my dog around our neighborhood. Most mornings, I fill at least one bag, sometimes two, empty the bag into the garbage, and feel pretty darn smug. That was right up until last night when I heard Chris Jordan speak about his upcoming movie, Midway, at an event hosted by Sightline www.sightline.org.

The movie trailer for Midway at the beginning of this post is beautiful and horrifying–and the end of feeling smug. http://midwayfilm.com/Although Mr. Jordan cautioned against knee-jerk reactions and short-term solutions, I need to know what happens to all those bits of plastic I pick up. Are they making their way into the Pacific Ocean and into the bellies of albatross chicks? I’ll report what I find out.

The obvious first step, of course, is to stop buying products encased in plastic! Unfortunately that category includes the good stuff like vitamins, aspirin, and vodka besides the bad stuff like bottled water.

About Judy Dailey

Award-winning author Judy Dailey grew up on an 80-acre organic farm in Indiana. Now she lives on a 1200-square-foot urban farm in Seattle, Washington with four chickens, a dog, and her husband, the writer Tom Argentina. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Judy earned an MBA from the University of Washington and a certificate in compost management. She has been a pilot, skydiver, spelunker, bicyclist, skier and night-time sailor. She managed a multi-million dollar grant fund for affordable housing. She handcrafts artisan salami, beer, and ricotta cheese. But her greatest challenge is eradicating the gray garden slug. Animal, Vegetable, Murder is her first traditional mystery. Follow Judy on Facebook or find a recipe for haggis and eggs at judydailey.com.
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2 Responses to Bag Lady Part II

  1. Judy Dailey says:

    So Seattle’s garbage is shipped by railroad to north central Oregon where it is buried http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/index.htm. So I guess I’m not sending plastic into the Pacific Ocean when I pick it up in the neighborhood. But still–there’s got to be a better way.

  2. Christine says:

    Holy cr*p. How astounding to see that the conveniences we take for granted are definitely hurting wildlife. I totally agree – there’s gotta be a better way that the products are enclosed and sold to the public.

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