People all over the world opt for take-outs from eateries. What most people don't realize is that the environment gets impacted due to the use-and-throw plastic that is currently being used to wrap the food and there is no one to clean them all up. In a bid to protect the environment and cut costs, Ashley Workman has started a make your own bags initiative in Tybee Island.

Interesting Ways to Protect the Environment and Go Green

Workman has been passionate about protecting the environment since childhood and fell blessed to live so close to the ocean. As a result, she cannot stand the damage being done to it because of the use-and-throw plastic bags being used liberally in the 600 odd restaurants in Savannah. To raise awareness about the issue, to promote the usage of reusable and recyclable bags, Workman in association with local restaurants had arranged a Bring Your Own Bag week from June 14 to June 22.

To help make the BYOB week a success, free reusable bags were distributed to the restaurants, some which Workman has made and some donated by big companies. People were encouraged to be a part of this green movement.

Workman is confident that that every customer who discards plastic bags and starts using a reusable bag can also influence others positively to do the same. The initial resistance the make your own bags project may face because the use of plastic bags is convenient, can be overcome to a certain extent with the supply of the free reusable bags. This vast waste of plastics that has been going on for a long time has created an unrecyclable waste of vast proportions that has been affecting the sea creatures' lives and littering roads and sea shores alike. People were be made aware of the cost and environment benefits of using reusable bags during the week.

How to Protect the Environment and Make Your Own Bags

Many homemakers may have hobbies to make products out of canvas, cotton or jute such as t-shirts and hand bags. By encouraging people to also make reusable bags and buy food from restaurants, there are two things achieved. One, the environment becomes plastic-free to a large extent and two, customers and businesses don't have to shell out extra money to buy and stock plastic bags. These bags are thin and are for one-time use mainly. They are toxic wastes that kill sea creatures and many other innocent animals which choke on them while foraging for scrapes in waste cans.