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Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosWe’ve all heard about how plastic ends up in the ocean, entangling and filling the bellies of wildlife. Just last week I mentioned that problem in a column supporting legislation to ban single use plastic grocery bags in Oregon. But it’s all this other plastic too that messes with marine life like the caps and clamshells and toothbrushes. It’s on vibrant, grotesque display at Whole Foods on NE 15th Ave in honor of Earth Day April 22: a huge eagle made from plastic that’s pandora washed ashore.Despite bringing my own reusable bags to the store, I still manage to collect a mountain of plastic bags and wrap in my office closet.The amount of plastic bags and wrap I collect every 3 4 months.Three things would help me: getting a special drying rack so I could wash bags out when needed (right now they collapse in a wet puddle in my dish rack), buying reusable produce bags and not freezing so much summer produce in Ziploc ba pandora gs. But even then there is so much plastic bag/wrap in my life. Reader Meg Larson had additional sensible advice on how to cut back on all that plastic: Wash and reuse your produce bags. They last quite a long time, literally years. Keep a few in each of your shopping bags, ready to use. Keep some in the car (if you use a car). Never go to the store or the farmers market without your own produce bags! Never buy or use plastic wrap. I haven’t bought a roll of plastic wrap in 35 years. Plastic wrap is not necessary to live a fulfilling life. Use containers and your washed produce bags in place of plastic wrap! I wash and reuse the zip closing bags that stores use for deli meats, cheese, seafood, etc.There’s probably no need for you to buy any more zip closing bags, of any size, or any other plastic bags. Just start collecting them. Other people will bring them to your home when bearing gifts. You might receive a mail order that encloses small parts in a zip closing bag. People will send you home with leftovers in a zip closing bag. Wash and reuse!Now, personally I’m a little leery of washing and reusing bags that have contained raw meat but maybe that’s just me. While recycling at Far West Fibers the other day, I noticed confusion I once had about the types of plastic bags that can be recycled: any plastic that can be stretched over your thumb is pandora perfect for recycling at Far West Fibers or many grocery stores while any that breaks with thumb tension needs to be tossed in the trash. That means those crinkly pre washed salad and spinach bags from places like Trader Joe’s are garbage. And remember what I lear pandora ned last year after a visit to a sorting facility: when in doubt, throw it out. Those who sort our recycling will give thanks!Now, my biggest issue with washing bags for reuse is that I can never get them dry. They end up in a wet messy pile on my counter. New Seasons sells a wooden plastic bag drying rack that looks something like