I’ve been having this hate-hate relationship with plastic bags lately. You know, the ones that carry your produce and grocery goodies from the store. After emptying my household loot, I’m left with piles and piles of bags. Besides the sheer annoyance, I also am aware that with each trip I’m contributing – even just a small bit – to the unhealth (is that a word?) – of the planet.
And no, I’m not a treehugger. But I think all of us could use a little more conviction about what our decisions are doing to the health of what God called Good.
With that in mind, I made a decision in January to stop the use of plastic bags when I go to the grocery store. It started with gathering canvas bags I’ve collected over the years. I couldn’t believe how many I had! I put them all in a larger bag and tucked in the mesh bags I use for my garden bounty (to use in the produce section).
After I filled my cart and was ready to check out, I came to the time I dreaded. Is what I’m doing normal? Even though Kroger sells reusable bags for this purpose, does anyone actually do it?
Because I’m a Kroger regular and am familiar with many of the employees, I chose the friendly cashier with an English accent. She’s always very helpful to me especially on my coupon hauls, so I hoped for the same grace with the bags
Not only would she know me as the crazy coupon lady, but now I’d be the bonkers bag lady.
In fact, when I handed my bags to her, she tried to hide her surprise. Without skipping a beat, she instructed the young man bagging my groceries how to sack them. The whole process took longer than usual. I’m guessing he had never used my varied concoction of canvas totes before.
I mumbled something about my new year’s resolution to use less plastic, hoping for an affirmative response. Instead I received a kind smile that probably masked, “This lady is crazy” thoughts bouncing in her mind.
Overall it went smoothly and I was proud of my rainbow-colored cart. It may not be a big change, and it may not make a baby footprint in the world of plastic production, but it made a difference to me. And it’s a habit I plan to continue. No matter how weird I look.