Well, I washed all my plastic bags. How is this a vegan post, you might ask?
I suppose it's more of a vegan lifestyle post... but these are the same bags I use to bring home all my delicious produce from the farmers market. They get dirty or mucky and so I collect them all... and from time to time I wash 'em out and hang 'em out to dry.
When I went to India the first time, I saw plastic bags everywhere. The fields, the train tracks, the gutters, the trees, everywhere you looked there were plastic bags. It was especially sad to see the street cows eating plastic bags that still smelled like food. Apparently the cows eat these bags until their stomachs are full of plastic, at which point they cease to feel hungry, and starve to death. Sad! So, at first, unfortunately, I passed some judgment on the Indian system. But then I realized, our system isn't really any different, it's just that I don't have to look at it. Whether my plastic bags end up out at sea or in the landfill, they're still not going anywhere. Plastic is SO hard to avoid... but I do my small part by milking all the life I can out of these bags... and recycling them when they've met their end. My conscience is that little bit lighter. And to me, it's all part of veganism: living with increased awareness of how our actions affect other beings.
ps. isn't Snoopy cute?