Sunday Morning Coffee // 01.26.14

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

This week I:
+ I gave you the opportunity to ask me anything! (Click on link to submit a question. Look for the Q&As in upcoming posts!)

Give it a read:
+ Kym at Travel Babbles talked about how your body can sometimes do some pretty cruel things, including tricking you into thinking you're pregnant.
+ Jenn's big day is fast approaching, so she's talking all things wedding, including dresses and garters.
+ Jess is channeling her artsy side, taking an online calligraphy class.

To be more responsible:
Eco-tip of the week 02. Paper, plastic or reusable? I'll take the latter, and you should too! There are countless reasons why we should all use reusable shopping bags. Here are just a few:

+ Experts estimate that 500 billion to 1 trillion bags are consumed and discarded annually worldwide - that's more than a million per minute! The US alone uses approximately 100 billion new plastic bags per year and the average person goes through between 350 and 500! 

+ It takes an estimated 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the US uses per year. This oil could be put to better use, such as fuel and heating.

+ Plastic bags aren't biodegradable, but instead photo degrade - breaking down in smaller and smaller toxic particles that contaminate both soil and water, and end up entering the food chain and are accidentally consumed by animals. 

+ Plastic bags make up over 10% of washed-up debris polluting the coastlines. Gross!

+ An estimated 1 million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea animals die of starvation each year after ingesting bags which block their digestive tracks. Turtles love to eat jellyfish - what do you think a lightweight plastic bag floating in the ocean looks like?

During the course of its long life, just one reusable bag will save over 1000 plastic bags! And, over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just ONE PERSON would save over 22,000 plastic bags. Think about how that's helping our environment. 

Convinced why reusable is better yet? I hope so. It's so easy to "BYOB", bring your own bag. So, do your part: put down the plastic, pick up a reusable shopping bag and help protect our oceans, shores and wildlife! 

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of you living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos. Use the hashtag #greenyourlife on social media!

Have a good weekend!


  1. Great tip! I always use reusable bags when I go grocery shopping :) I should start taking them with me when I go shopping for other things too

  2. This is awesome information that everyone needs to know about. The bags are so cheap at the store and almost always located at the register for $1 at our store. I always take our 31 gifts utility tote and just have them put the groceries in there. They are fashionable and saving lots of wildlife. After we visited an aquarium on our honeymoon last summer and paid to do the behind the scenes turtle adventure we couldn't believe the amount of turtles there that were affected by these along with the plastic rings and many other things that are dumped by humans.

  3. I use a reusable bag on shopping days :-) I know it's only one but it's better than nothing and def a start :-)
    Missy xx

  4. Hi Mar! I'm a brand new follower from the Fresh Face Friday blog hop. I think it's pretty darn great that you wrote a post about using reusable bags. It's such a simple yet significant step in helping to keep the earth a little greener. Can't wait to read more by you!


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