Thursday, July 19, 2007

Being More Responsible

I read a great article in the Huffington Post today which reminded me of just how careless I am about the environment, when it comes to plastic bags.

When l travel to other countries I almost always see people carrying their own canvas or straw bags for shopping.
I have even bought a few canvas bags and when I am traveling I am very conscious of using my own bags while shopping.

But at home, for some reason it is different. I sometimes remember to ask for paper bags, but more often than not, I am in a hurry and by the time I think to ask for paper, they've already started bagging in plastic, so rather than rock the boat, I allow them to continue.

Why is it that we Americans are the last to practice green habits.? Are we that lazy? Isn't it about time we caught up with the rest of the world and start consciously making a habit of thinking of the environment?

One small way that we can start being more responsible is: When we shop, ask for paper, instead of plastic bags. Or even better, we can start carrying our own environmentally conscious bag. I already have a few that I use when traveling, so I guess I'll just go dig them out and start using them today!

Think Green, it will put a smile on your face

Gypsy Girl


Garten said...

It's interesting, I use my canvas bags when shopping at Wild Oats and Whole Foods, but at the regular grocery store, I always get paper. For some reason, I don't equate the regular stores with bringing my own bags (but I don't shop there very often, either). For one thing, I never see people bringing their own bags into those stores. We should change this! If some of us started, maybe it would spread.

What I do if they start putting my stuff in plastic before I've had a chance to say anything, is I just ask them to put the rest in paper.


Gypsy Girl said...

Thanks for looking at my blog and posting a comment.
It is the little things that can really make a difference.
As Ghandi said "Be the change that you want to see in the world"

And I did take my canvas bags to Market Basket yesterday...I got a weird look from the bagger, but it put a smile on my face.

Gypsy Girl

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Anonymous said...

This is really interesting because I've never seen this before. But in Ireland everyone brings their own bags to grocery stores and any other kind of store.

When you go grocery shopping you have to pay 22 cents for each plastic bag you use. Ireland also promotes recycling a lot more than America. In all of our appartments they provide us with a trash bin and a recycling bin in the kitchen.


Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing as the comment from Garten, I ALWAYS use my reusable bags at whole foods but when I go to Market Basket I always "forget" to bring them in. I never see anyone with reusable bags there. Also funny to see my comment from Ireland almost 7 years ago. When I was in California last summer they started doing the same thing... at stores like H&M they charge you some change to take a shopping bag. Lululemon now provides you with reusable bags when you make a purchase there and I use them for everything from carrying my lunch to my yoga clothes.