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Earth Day shows us that Green is a contagious color

By Jana Beasley

Tallahassee Community College Student


Most of us thank April for those long strolls to the park, lazy afternoons on the beach and daylight savings to soak up the sunlight for all of its glory...

However, April really shows off its spring fever on Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22. Communities from coast to coast anticipate the March into April to put their best footprint forward. Year round we come across new ideas and innovative tweaks to better our environment — most of which we are stumped wondering: “Why didn't I think of that?”

Fortunately, Mother Earth embraces her green-doers just as much as her green-thinkers. This is where we all come together!   

Recycling plastic bags and wraps may just be one part of the Earth Day effort, but keep in mind that the effects are nothing short of outstanding. When we do our part, we can hold close to those welcome spring days that we enjoy so much — and keep them beautiful for years to come.  Whether it’s making a paper mache globe, planting a tree or riding your bicycle to work, efforts within our communities and around the globe are endless.

Thousands of organizations in the United States alone are doing everything short of putting a shovel in your hand when it comes to working in your local area.

In and around A Bag’s Life

Cub Scout Pack 629 in Roswell, Georgia, is just one of the many A Bag’s Life friends who have caught Spring's Green Fever. Scouts are learning about recycling and reusing plastic bags as part of their 9th Point Project.

Others are exercising their green in a different ways. In Hampton, Virginia, the 1st annual "Walk Hampton Beautiful" will be held Apr 13 as a way to clean up and spruce up for spring. Items from A Bag’s Life will be available so that residents can learn just how easy it is to recycle their plastic bags.

Corpus Christi students are closing in on the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge with more than 75,000 bags collected in 10 schools so far. The competition started on America Recycles Day and ends on Earth Day. Stay tuned for more info and a big shout out to the winning school, which will receive a Trex bench, made from recycled plastic bags.

In oh-so-wonderfully-southern Savannah, Georgia, A Bag’s Life was there to remind folks to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic bags and wraps during the city’s effort for The Great American Cleanup — a great kickoff to the start of Earth Month.

Mother Nature is not picky! You can bring your green to the party in plenty of other ways, as well.

Simple daily choices like recycling plastic bags at your local retailer or reusing them around the house, planting a community garden or walking to work are ways to practice good green. Having trouble thinking up your Earth Day play? A Bag’s Life is here to help. Send a note to if you want to hold a collection event.  And because every day really should be Earth Day, you can hold it any time during the year.