So you’re checking out at the grocery store and the cashier turns to you and asks, “Paper or plastic?” Which do you choose?
Well, ask Emma Hudsen-Merit and her high school friends from Wauwatosa and they’ll answer “neither!”
Emma and her six friends make up the Wauwatosa “Community Problem Solvers,” a group of pro-active high schoolers determined to make a difference in their community. And their current project? Let’s get rid of plastic bags.
“With a mix of the sun and the water [plastic will] just break down into smaller and smaller pieces. The small, small pieces end up in our food chain because fish eat them, then the birds eat the fish, and knock-on effect, it goes all the way up.”
Together they started the “Bring the Bag” project throughout Wauwatosa; and by approaching local businesses and distributing information, they’ve even gotten multiple grocery stores to now offer their custom-made reusable grocery bag designed with the message, ‘Bring the Bag!’ as a reminder.
Want to help? Outpost, Sendiks, Pick’n’Save on State Street all offer their green reusable bag or to get involved, send them an email at email@example.com.
Click the podcast player above to hear the full interview with Community Problem Solvers.