Wednesday, May 07, 2008
About a year ago I bought some heavy ceramic plates and stopped buying paper plates and cups. It made a huge dent in the amount of daily garbage we generated as a family. And I liked that I was making a difference.
Today, I decided to get rid of the paper/plastic question when grocery shopping. Just another step toward reducing my carbon footprint! Hopefully my next step won't be another year away!
While grocery shopping I decided to purchase the newly-offered 100% recyled and recyclable bags being offered by the local goods store. I was going to do this several weeks ago, but rationalized that it would be better to recycle some of our old clothes into new bags. But I never got around to it. And the kids don't have any outgrown clothes that would make good bags, and I can't afford to get rid of any of the 3 pairs of jeans I own. Then I thought I'd go buy some canvas and make them up, but canvas is expensive. So I broke down and bought the bags. At $1 a bag, that's not too bad.
I made sure to get a set for the car and a set for the truck so there's never an excuse not to have them when running to the store. And while I'd still have liked to have made my own bags, at least these were made using recycled materials.