Friday, September 4, 2009

Experience #14- Use canvas bags when grocery shopping


If you know just one thing about me, you should know that I don't believe in saving the planet. I am one of those people that just doesn't believe it needs to be saved. I don't buy into global warming, carbon footprints, 2nd ice ages, boiling oceans or the fact that our sun will most surely explode in 12 years. Sorry. To be completely honest, most 'green' initiatives really bug me. It's not that I don't think we should all try to reuse things or turn off the lights when we aren't home, I just don't think we should do those things because the planet "needs us to." I am a red-blooded capitalist and if I am going to make a concerted effort to sort my garbage or unplug my dormant appliances it will be soley for the purpose of saving money. Not energy. There. I just had to preface this experience appropriately. Now hang on one second while I get down off this incredibly high soapbox...

So anyway, after running a couple of 5k races down here and getting a few of the Publix green canvas bags as gifts, I decided I should try and use them at the store. At least once. Just to see what it's like, and prove that I am not the number one most heartless, earth-hating, refuse-loving, endangered animal-killing human on the planet. (I am, however, probably number two on the list) So this afternoon I ventured to Publix with my bags. It was pretty anti-climatic. I mean, I bought stuff, I paid for it, they put it in the bag. What was I expecting? Magic? BUT, admittedly, I did feel a tad bit superior to all the other resource-hogging neanderthals in line behind me. I even got to give them a little of ye olde self-righteous stare! (Something BYU taught me and I have never forgotten). I did also notice that these bags do hold a fair amout of groceries and the fear of the bag breaking from super heavy cans was non-existent. So there you have it, I found THREE things to like about the bags. Are you happy now? Oh, but wait, don't get too happy, because as I was driving to Publix for this little experiment I realized that I forgot my bags at home and had to turn around and go get them. And that is why I will probably never use them when I go shopping ever again :)

p.s. perhaps Expereince #15 should be "use 7 hyphenated words in one blog post"- because that one just happened. Well, at least the post was Mookie-proofed...

2 comments:

Mags said...

Oh gosh, then the Seattle area is definately not for you. Whole Foods up here won't even give you plastic bags anymore. IKEA charges you per bag you use. Heck, you can't even feed the ducks here for fear of getting a huge fine. I personally don't use those 'bags' cause I forget them and with multiple kids in tow, I don't have enough hands to haul them inside the store. And with various activities, even enrichment, I have about 8 of those 'bags'.

Amy said...

Haha. You truly are a fellow capitalist to be proud of!