Friday, August 3, 2007
Just Say NO to Plastic!
We are a very anti-plastic family. It amazes me that when I forget our cloth bags (I get booed by my children BIG time) how many clerks are irritated when I say "Paper please". Or even more silly -upset that I want to carry our purchases.
Recently, while shopping for another recycle bin, I asked the clerk to put my stuff in the bin and that would be fine...She put the cloth items in and refused to put the other items in the bin! I do not understand this. I wasn't asking her to lift the bin into my car...Ugh!...some people just don't get it! It really is the small things that add up and make a difference.
Sometimes, while in the store, I look around and just want to yell "What are you doing? Can you not see the madness? All the bottled water, little go-gurts, fruit cups...packaging-packaging-packaging...will it never end?!" I will not pretend...my kids have had a go-gurt before. But it is what you do now, that counts. How you can change your perspective, maybe even influence someone else to see the better way to live. Living Green is ALL it's cracked up to be.
What we are teaching our children is the most important part. I am proud to say that when we are in the store and the kids see fruit snacks, or something of this nature, they know not to even ask. And then if one does, the other says..."That's not saving the planet, look at all the packaging" Yep...then I walk through the store with the biggest grin...Yes, those are MY kids, Thank you.
One of the bags I made for our trips to the store. I plan on selling more of them next year at the Earth Day Celebration CSR puts on -A great day full of green ideas and activities. (check my web roll on the right for more info on CSR)