So, yesterday I cleared out the cupboard shelf where I had been shoving plastic grocery bags for just about one year in the hopes that someday they would complete their journey to the market’s recycle bin.
I knew there would be quite a few bags in that cupboard but was definitely not expecting the colony of flimsy petroleum-based creatures that emerged from its depths! Juliana and I gleefully tossed, swung and stuffed wads into the kitchen trash bag. Yes, we jam-packed an entire 13 gallon bag! Ok, ok I know it’s lame that I had saved these for an entire YEAR before doing this but I’m kind of glad I did just to see the impact of what we actually consume. Keep in mind this trove did not include those bags that were tossed throughout the year or re-used…that may have double the number!
With this realization I’ve become more interested in converting over to reusable grocery bags. I have a few but not enough for an entire shopping trip. I really like these but could use anything really. I think I may feel a little weird refusing the plastic bags the first few times here in our lower income, mostly immigrant neighborhood market. But hey I’ll get over it AND I’ll have a whole empty cupboard! Oh yeah and I’ll be helping the cause (check out the plastic bag consumption ticker on that site, crazy!).