Sunday, December 28, 2008

Plastic Bags the War

We all know about my ongoing campaign against the plastic grocery store bag.  They are terrible for the environment and few people recycle them.  I'm driving the bandwagon for the eco-friendly shopping bags because I'm SO bad about remembering to bring the plastic bags back to the store to be recycled.  I can't possibly throw them away so what to do with them?  I bought one of those metal things that you put up and then stuff the bags in them and take them out.  Well, we had so many bags stuffed under the kitchen sink that the thing soon became completely full and you couldn't get anything in OR out of the thing.  The solution, of course, is to not bring home any of the plastic bags but what to do with them if you do bring home a plastic bag and don't want to buy an expensive and unnecessary gadget for housing plastic bags?  A checker at a grocery store said that in lieu of the gadget, his mom uses kleenex boxes.  She then puts the bags in the kleenex box and then when she's ready to use a bag she takes the bag out of the box like a kleenex.  If she wants to take the bags back to the store to recycle it's a lot easier to pack up a kleenex box and take it to the store than one of those silly metal gadgets.

This also begs the question, maybe I should stop talking to so many strangers?