Monday, December 15, 2008

A Woman in her Thirties Brings her Own Bag

I recently moved back to an area known for its liberals, expensive houses, and number of Whole Foods Markets per capita. As a verifiable collector of grocery bags and sucker for good packaging for many years, I have to say that I find this whole 'green' movement daunting. Not just daunting, but annoying. It's not that I don't know how to make a small difference in the things I do, like turning off the faucet when I brush my teeth and recycling, it's just that I have spent most of my life not doing things that brought any sort of inconvenience upon myself or those around me.

Now, as a woman in her thirties, I must make a change. And for me, that change involves stopping before I leave the house every morning and asking myself one question: 'Do I need to stop by the grocery store on the way home?' If the answer is yes, I take the folding blue canvas bag I have hanging on the door in my kitchen. I even go so far as to say 'donate' when the friendly Whole Foods checker asks if I want to give or take five cents as she puts my groceries inside the bag. It makes me feel like I have a purpose, and I'm going to get to that purpose five cents at a time.

I realize this is not the type of change that is going to get me noticed by the likes of Al Gore, but for me it's a big step. I even found myself eyeing a Prius earlier today and thinking, 'Hmm... maybe.' That's what I call progress.

1 comment:

  1. I have been in California most of my life. My current job has landed me right next to one of the richest towns in America. There is a beautiful little market within walking distance where the environmentally aware shoppers are crowding every single aisle. I walk to this store and every day I marvel at the crammed parking lot where these same shoppers circle and circle and honk and yell and hold up traffic on the street until they can park their very beautiful, oversized car in an oversized parking spot and walk into the store clutching their very environmentally-consious canvas bag.

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