Another Saturday shopping trip. Grocery store, Target, lunch. We do it every week, and it's crazy when I started paying attention just how many times we face go-green-or-don't decisions.
My grocery bag collection.
A few years ago when grocery stores started selling reusable shopping bags on a widespread basis, we bought 6 or 7. They sat at home most of the time because we never thought to grab them. Within about the last year, though, I have gotten in the routine of actually using them, mainly because they hold more and are infinitely easier to carry and load in the car than plastic bags, with the added bonus that they don't pile up in our pantry like plastic bags do. The bags are so widely available now that they get barely a mention by some of the eco-friendly families I mingle with online. I, too, see them for sale, but don't often see people actually using them. So, for those who have overlooked the obvious, I'd recommend giving them a shot. Like so many other decisions I've made, I stick with this "green" choice not because of the benefits to the planet and all that nice stuff, but because they work within my routine and make life a little easier. When it comes down to it, that's what drives my choices more than anything. I have a full-time job, a kid, a house to take care of, two dogs and a cat. All that comes first. As for the all the other choices we have to make at the grocery store, well, I'd say that's another story, but that'd be oversimplifying things.
Mother, wife, journalist and would-be writer of other things. I'm still getting used to being a mom - and let's face it, I'm not always sure I have being a grown-up down either. Navigating my way through both, I'm always bumping into "green" lifestyle choices. Sometimes they are things I've always done anyway. Sometimes they make sense to give a shot, and sometimes I have to roll my eyes, chuckle or even wince. Deciding what's best in my household, I don't always go green. Nonetheless, I find myself constantly tangled up in it.