How’s it going with the reusable grocery bags, folks? Some time ago, I started blithering about the switch from plastic to something safe and reusable. It was oh so hard to remember to carry the danged things into the grocery store. Sometimes I even forced myself to walk twenty yards back out to the parking lot – in the snow! – to fetch them. Oh my.
So how’s it going for you? Did you ever buy a few of those grocery bags they’re selling at the Real Food Co-op, Wegmans and Price Chopper? Can you ever remember to actually remove them from the car and bring them into the store? What about the moment when you look into the trunk and say to yourself, “I’m only here for a few things,” and you grab just one. You know what happens next: you buy five times as much as you expected you would, and then you leave with one earth-friendly bag and about eight plastic ones. Oh well. You tried… and that’s good!
Well, I’m getting used to this. I don’t feel quite as silly any more when I insist that they don’t give me a bag. I’m getting quicker at fishing my Chico Bag out of my purse and opening it with a flourish to prove that, yes, I really can carry ten things away with me without the plastic. I’m getting to the point that I feel downright sinful if I bring a plastic bag home, which I still do plenty of because – oops! – all those nice fruits and veggies come home in plastic! It takes time, but let’s see now… is it worth the effort?
The title of this post is ripped directly from this article by Heather Mallick at CBC News. Believe me, you really do want to know how the GPGP is going to bite us. How it already has bitten us. Your food and your body already have plastic in them. (And we’re still trying to figure out what causes cancer?) Give Ms. Mallick’s article a read – it’s refreshingly no-nonsense. Then decide if that next plastic bag or plastic bottle of water is really worth what’s happening to you… and your kids… and your grand-kids…