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Grocery Store Rant

Paper or plastic?  NEITHER, thank you very much!

I feel the need to take a moment and express the frustration I felt when I went to the grocery store today.

This year began with several resolutions to do a better job of taking care of the environment.  One of those resolutions was to use eco-friendly canvas bags each trip to the grocery store, in order to eliminate the use of the wasteful plastic bags.

I have been doing very good meeting this resolution so far and I must say, I have found many advantages to using my canvas bags versus the plastic bags.  For one thing, it’s easier to carry – no worries of the bag breaking / busting while walking to the car or into the house.  Also, I can fit more items into my canvas bag.  What typically uses 4-5 flimsy plastic bags (not including if double bagging is required) takes only 1-2 of my canvas bags.  I love these benefits and it makes me feel even better to know that I’m doing something good for the environment.

Today, I walked up to the register and placed my canvas bag on the conveyor belt first and my groceries next.  The young girl working the register looked at my canvas bag, rolled her eyes, snatched the bag up, and began throwing my groceries in it – totally careless with the produce.  I asked her to please be careful with the produce and she started doing a little better.

Now – why on earth was it so difficult for her to place my groceries in that canvas bag?  It actually looked easier than for her to have to deal with 5 different plastic bags, which never want to separate and open up easily.  Also – not only am I contributing to saving the environment, but I’m also saving the grocery store a little bit of money each time I use my own bags when I shop – they don’t have to invest money in the flimsy plastic bags for me!

Oh well, I still feel good about keeping my resolution and living a little more “green”.  I just wish there were more people who understood and appreciated this fact.

What about you – do you prefer paper, plastic, or your own bags when you grocery shop?

– Julia


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