one little (bag) thing
today i’m going to trader joe’s with a friend. an exciting little road trip! though i really enjoy trader joe’s sturdy fun paper bags with good handles, i just put my chicobags where i won’t forget them. this is another “one little thing” change i’ve made-reusable bags. the average american uses 600 plastic bags in a year. i’d like to get my plastic bag footprint down to like five. this isn’t a new little thing, to be honest. i learned this in spain from my cheese store. they gave me for christmas one year a nice refoldable bag with a pocket that said “que necessites?” -what do you want? in catalan. the handles were easier on my hands when heavy with food, i didn’t have to worry about the bag breaking on my 5 block walk back from the market….it was better for me And better for the environment.
same with my chico bags. depending on where i go, of course, i get different reactions. some places, like the giant megastore/grocer here in my parts, are gruff and annoyed. other places, though, they strike up conversations. in family fare i get 5 cents off for each reusable bag i bring in. i’m told the others do it too, but i’ve looked and the refund hasn’t shown up, even if they do have the program. but it’s not about the 5 cents, anyway; and i don’t care if people are annoyed about something they should be happy about. it’s about having a better bag that also -bonus!-doesn’t abuse the earth. i read recently that this is called lazy environmentalism. if you ask me, it’s called logical.