Monday, April 20, 2009
Earth week: shopping bags
Last night I watched a Focus Earth Special called 6 People Saving Our Planet. Let me tell you, Planet Green is one of my favorite channels. As much as I would miss the drama of Grey's, if I had to only have one channel for the rest of my life, it would be Planet Green. I am aware that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for being a better inhabitor of our planet and while I don't understand it, I am aware that some of you look at me and think I'm smokin' crack in my spare time. Especially if you called me yesterday and I told you I had to call you back because I was in the middle of separating my earthworms from their castings.
But you know what? It straight pisses me off that people, even some of you willingly choose not to recycle, not to conserve, not to take simple steps to try and do a little more. Because simply doing a little more, one person at a time, is a lot more.
Last night, there were so many seriously inspiring people featured on 6 People Saving Our Planet. People who make the rest of us look wasteful and selfish. I mean, I realize that most of us don't have the cash, knowledge or space to erect a wind turbine in our backyard, but what are we doing?
What are you doing?

In that order.

Let's take shopping. Shopping was the first thing for me. It's no secret that I haven't been Earth Friendly forever. And I knowI can thank the lovely city of Toronto and the amazing Lola for opening my eyes to how un-Earth friendly I was.
Does that mean I have no carbon footprint? No. It does mean I am working towards a MUCH smaller one.
Shopping bags.
Are you one of the people still using plastic bags at your local grocery store?
Why in the world wouldn't you stop doing that?
People, you can get reusable grocery bags at practically every store now. Want to know where the best ones are? Target. And I don't even shop at Target but I tell you what, when I am near a Target, I so totally go in and buy two of their BIG bags. I probably have eight of them now. They are huge and they fold up and snap together into these little, very easy to carry squares.
And I will let you in on a secret about Target's bags that I have noticed in all of my reusable bag shopping: they sew their handles all the way down the bag. Handle on other bags seem to only be attached at the top of the bag and break fairly easily. Target's bags are reinforced somehow. And they can walk the walk. I have put thirty pounds worth of stuff in a Target bag and it handles it.
Stop using plastic.
Start saving the planet.
Be a part of the solution.

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