It seems that The Baltimore Sun has finally discovered the Bags In Trees blog, where local bloggers chronicle the “accidental art” of plastic bags tangled in city trees. Bel Air News & Views found the blog back in August and even got one of its own backyard bags in trees featured on BIT. (They made an exception for an out-of-towner) Baltimore Sun columnist Laura Vozzella featured BIT and its publisher saxophonist Brian Sacawa in her column Wednesday. Then this morning, Today section columnist Rob Kasper discussed it yet again in a piece he wrote discussing San Francisco’s ban on the ubiquitous bags its citizens view as sullying their environment. Kasper quoted Sacawa in his column as saying:
“the situation in San Francisco is certainly troubling as it threatens to make extinct the public and very natural art we promote at www.bagsintrees.com.”
(Click here to see the blog post on BIT where he expands on his comment)
I think Sacawa need not worry. The sheer volume of plastic bags in my house alone could provide museum-fulls of BIT art should I let them loose. But, like a good environmentalist, I’m finding useful ways to reuse the dozens of bags I bring home from the grocery store and Target weekly. I line my smaller wastebaskets with the bags. I carry one in my pocket while housecleaning to collect the little bits of toys I don’t want the vacuum to inhale. I carry one to the pool to collect the wet swimsuits. I keep a few in the car to collect trash. I use them to carry an extra set of clothes for my toddler when she goes on play dates. I find that the Target bags are sturdy enough for these jobs. Unfortunately, the thinner bags I get from the grocery are usually torn by I get the groceries out of them. Those bags, I find are good to use as packing material in place of those foam peanuts. (Ever tried getting piles of those peanuts up off the carpet after the kids dumped them out of a box and jumped in them? Static electric nightmare. Tip: stuff them in a plastic bag and tie the handles together so the peanuts don’t fly all over the neighbors’ yards when you put them in the trash. True story. Did happen. Sorry guys.)
Yet, even with all these many uses for plastic bags, I still have a surplus. Well, it’s more than a surplus. I have so very, very many that’s I’m thinking perhaps I should celebrate my bounty by creating some websites for them:
Of course, that won’t reduce the amount of real estate they occupy in my house. But now that I see there is about to be a city in need, I think I can help. I’ll send my extras to San Francisco.