Are you trying to get away from using plastic bags at the grocery store? I am! I try to remember to always have one little bag with me, and, I get so annoyed when I don’t. When I don’t have one with me that’s when I either end up using plastic or buying another reuseable shopping bag, even though my supply of bags at home is quite extensive.
But, I’m getting better and better at being plastic free. But, just when I start to feel good about what I’m doing, I learn something new, that makes me wonder how much am I really doing to help with the issues at hand. For example, when you head out to the store with your nice, green, eco-friendly reusable bag, think about the fact that the making of those bags has become a business, and the marketing machine is at work selling us on the latest and cutest “green” bags. Have you noticed how many cute reuseable bags there are now for sale? They catch my eye sometimes, and, sometimes I really want to buy one. So, far I haven’t because of my extensive bag collection at home. But, now when I’m ready to buy new bags, and when I need new bags, I have new information to consider.
I watched a video from My Green Closet recently titled Eco Products Not Worth the Hype or Money. In the video she lists reuseable shopping bags as one of the items she wouldn’t buy anymore, and she explains why she wouldn’t. It may surprise you! If you’re interested check it out! I swear trying to do the right thing sometimes seems like an impossible task. But, this is one sustainability issue I’m wholeheartedly behind. I just have to figure out the right way to go about it, and, not just fall for gimmicky sales pitches.
I went to Africa in 2012 with a few nurses and doctors to do some volunteer work, and, to bring medical supplies to a clinic in Kinshasa, Congo. What I saw there was enough to put me off plastic forever! Construction holes dug deeper than my body length, and, all I could see was plastic, layer after layer, poking out. The plastic was in perfect shape, which is the horrifically sad part of it. The disgusting truth about plastic was all too evident everywhere around me. Plastic doesn’t decompose!
What I saw on this trip has reinforced in me a need to really think through my use, and my families use of plastic. I really want to be an educated consumer and do the best I can with the resources I have available to me. I’m committed to making small changes, because those small changes become habits, and then those habits, become examples for others. Then the little changes I make daily will be multiplied ten-fold! Yay!
Soon I’ll have to dig out my 25 year old sewing machine, and fire it up, and maybe start making myself some shopping bags! What do you think about this topic? Do you use plastic or a green alternative? What’s your preference for the type of bag you use?