The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Going Green at the Grocery Store

Yep, I am going to risk getting a little environmental on you here.  I just got back from my weekly grocery run and made the switch to canvas bags last summer.  I am finally to the point where I remember them on a regular basis rather than running back to my car halfway through shopping.

I am sure we all know the benefits…fewer plastic bags (which take oil to make) less waste, etc.  If you are not convinced, let me appeal to your inner lazy American: canvas bags hold more and with the nice handles, they are so much easier to carry!  So not only are plastic bags wasteful, they are also more work…that just doesn’t make sense.

I didn’t even half to pay for my bags.  I just took all the bags I have received at different meetings and conventions I attended and started using them.  I frequently get comments from the baggers about where I have been and what I obviously do for a living!

Some stores give a small discount if you bring your own bags.

I know it will be difficult to totally eliminate the plastic bag…I still get some occasionally (especially when traveling).  I probably have reduced my usage of them by close to 90%.  Now we just have to all do that and we will take one of many small steps necessary to attain a sustainable lifestyle.

January 26, 2009 - Posted by | Environment

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