Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm no Kermitt

As I take my cleaning products out of my plastic bags that I drove 20 minutes to get, it hits me like a ton of Styrofoam bricks. I am so not green I am black. I hate to admit it, but that's the first step right?

I seem to skim past those blogs about the environment, not because I don't care, I just think sometimes that it's just too hard to change my ways. I look at those recyclable bags at the store, and have even gotten scolded by friends when shopping because I don't have them. Not one! I let my son play in the sink because it gives me 10 minutes of peace, I don't wash in cold water unless it's darks. I could go on and on, but why make myself look even worse?

Around ever corner at the grocery store are those organic, recycle, save the planet bags just glaring at me like I am the only person on earth who isn't buying them. I have no beef with those bags, I happen to like them. But what if I take a Target bag into Walmart, will I be scoffed at? Is it a unwritten no-no?

I am not sure how I am going to go about this, but I just think it's time. It's time for a change in my house. Like it or not, it's the right thing and I am happy about this decision. Now, where to start? Baby steps, right?

15 comments:

Jillene said...

Good for you!!

Jean said...

I'm so black with you..that probably didn't sound right.
I would love to use those nifty bags, but think that I would have to buy a gazillion of them to bag my gazillion groceries. I keep telling myself what would be the point if I ran out of earth friendly bags and still have to use the others?
I'm saving the planet by reusing the plastic bags right? Trash bags, put stuff in, that kind of thing.

K and/or K said...

I am so guilty of this also, thanks for the shame, I mean inspiration! :-) I need a cute shopping bag to take everywhere.

hippos toes said...

It does take time and every little bit helps. Pretty soon it will become a way of life :) I'm guilty of not always being green myself. But be conscious is the first step :)

solo nicole said...

baby steps is right...we started by recycling and it feels pretty good...now little by little i'll take small steps but nothing major.

tollesons4him said...

I hate to admit it but I am not green either. I need to start getting that way.

Heather said...

You can do it!!! I've just slowly added to my reusable shopping bag collection. I have about 4 from the different stores I shop at (just in case I'm having a "please don't scoff at me because I'm using your competitor's bag" moment). And they seriously come in handy to throw junk into around the house! If you can actually remember to bring the bags in with you, I promise you'll love them... they're easier to carry! The only downside is they tend to fill them to the brim.

You can change some of your lightbulbs, like in the laundry room, where you don't care if it's gross looking fluorescent light.

Just remember... so many people are going green now that no one will think you're a "hippy" if you bring your own bags... even if it's to the Gap, heaven forbid.

Melissa said...

I dont have any of those bags either. I did push the grocery cart back into the store the other day instead of leaving it in the parking lot like I usually do. Is that green??

Heidi said...

I will admit to having several of those bags and I really prefer them. It took me a LONG time to actually remember to put them back into the van when I used them and an even LONGER time to remember to bring them into the store with me to use. I do have several from my favorite grocery store but I mostly use some old canvas bags that we had lying around our house collecting dust. That way I don't have to worry about the etiquette of using a different stores bag (which I would worry about the whole time I was shopping).
I do, however, have an idea that I am using as a Christmas present for my dad. I am going to buy several plain large canvas bags from the craft store and have my kids decorate them. That way he is green and "cool" at the same time.

Sorry for the long winded comment.

Nicole said...

I started using the reusable bags cuz I got sick of all of the plastic ones collecting under my kitchen sink. I like using them when I can remember to take them with me!!!!!

Heather of the EO said...

I wonder the same thing. I have one of those Target reusable bags and I take it to other stores and tip my head to the side, cheeks red and a silly grin on my face as I hand it to the cashier. LIKE THEY CARE. But I just feel all silly.

Anyway, yes, it's the little things. If I start thinking of "going green" in a big picture kind of way, I just don't do any of it cause it's so much. But if we just choose a couple of things, it's not a big lifestyle change and it's like a domino effect, encouraging other small changes.

Love your honesty.

M said...

Okay, sister. I am giving you the *offical* answer on this one. It is FINE to take your bags into any store. In fact, Hy-Vee gives me 5 cents for each Target (or any other!) bag I bring in.

I have 3 of Targets' largest bags and and I can fit a weeks' worth of groceries for a family of 4 in them no problem. That hardest part is remembering to bring them in the store!

The other area I focus on is cleaning products. I love the Green Clean book by Linda Mason because she didn't judge me for currently owning Windex.

baby steps. baby steps.

P.S. Toys R Us has great reusable bags for kids (or you) for $1.50 right now. In fact, there are some zebra striped ones that are calling your name right now...

Kim N said...

I have a few of those bags for groceries and three huge ones for Costco. Now, if only I could remember to take them into the store with me! When I do take them I love them. They are stronger, they fit a lot more and they are much easier to carry. Also, a lot of stores will give you a a bit of a discount if you use them...usually .05-.10 per bag.

Katrina said...

I have to admit, I am the opposite of green as well! At our new place we have to separate our trash and put it all in separate bins. After two weeks of doing it, I found a new place to throw away my trash! It is a lot harder than I thought it would be, and a lot stinkier!

Rebekah said...

I am with you. Whatever helps me get through my day quicker and with the least amount of stress.

That said, I did purchase those cloth bags- two a first but now I have several. I love them!! Not for environmental reasons, but because they hold my groceries so much better (provided they are packed right).

When I remember to take them with me, I get 5 cents off per bag from my grocery total. I have fewer bags to carry in. And very little chance of them ripping out at the bottom.

I consider the cloth bags my baby steps. Not sure which step I'll try to take next. Im pretty proud of this one