I swear I’m the only person in this town who doesn’t carry in her own special “green” grocery bags everytime she goes to the store.
I’ve seen your disdainful sneers. I’ve seen you smug greensters staring at me as I walk into the store.
“Hey…look at that woman over there…the pretty one…she’s not carrying any bags…I bet she doesn’t recycle.”
That’s right…and when the cashier says “paper or plastic” I step right up and announce my preference for plastic.
Here’s the deal with me and re-usable bags: in order to properly use the bags, they must be with you when you go to the store. And that would require forethought and or-gan-i-za-tion. Talents that I seem to have misplaced. Rest assured that if I had such bags they would be in the house when I was shopping. If they ever happened to actually be in the car, it would be on a day when the pantry was full. Regardless, the odds of the bags being where I needed them, when I needed them are about the same as my NCAA bracket being half right.
Oh, and speaking of the pantry, exactly what is it full of? All those plastic bags I bring my groceries home in. You see, we use those bags for garbage…for free. We don’t buy additional scented plastic bags for garbage…we put it in the free bags from the store.
So I think we break even in the karma deparment.
You have to understand that husband works in the plastic recycling business and we do recycle: newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles and milk jugs. And it’s a pain because we have neither curb-side pickup or city trash collection. That means that every couple of weeks we pack up all that trash and take to the recycling center.
So please, I’d appreciate it if you’d knock off the supercilious looks down at Publix and Whole Foods. Especially if you’re carrying your re-usable bags around in a giant SUV.