Thursday, July 1, 2010
My maternal grandmother worked at Moskins Drug Store in Englewood, New Jersey for many, many years. The cosmetic reps loved her and would hand her bags of samples of every color and new product available; so each weekend she would come visit us with shopping bags loaded down with cosmetics, nail polishes, razor blades, brushes, stockings, toothpaste, soaps...you name it.
Ida Chavinsky Malone Puff MacFarland (yup, married three times) The original Groce Me're.
You see men and women at local markets all over Europe with net bags like these.
About a week before the Deepwater oil leak, I had decided to begin carrying my own bags like my grandmother. I would bring my own like she did when grocery and variety store shopping rather that utilize the petroleum based plastic bags found everywhere. Yes, I know many are biodegradable, but you are still looking at years before that type of garbage truly breaks down. I just wanted to contribute less to our existing landfills. Would this bring an end to excess waste in the world...NO. But it would bring an end to MY excess waste and that is a start and perhaps another would do the same and so on and so on. (side note: this is not about "going green" a commerical phrase that I cringe when I hear...already overused by corporations and activists as a populist label. So, I'm not going "green", I'm going a "little common sense". ) With so many wonderful little bags out there, you can't help but want to do this. So I keep several in my car for grocery use and when I'm junkin. They come in handy for so many things. Do I forget to use them, sometimes, but this is part of my retraining my way of living gently with the earth regarding throwaway items and garbage. The Deepwater leak brought this to the forefront for me and I had no idea that I was setting the stage for my commitment to Project Genesis. So I challenge you to do the same. Utilize and reuse the nifty little bags that are out there rather then the plastic bags each time you shop.