Yesterday involved such exciting things as grocery shopping--but I took a moment to try and be a little kinder to the environment: I bought reusable grocery bags.
This has been some time in the planning. I remember first seeing a complete and utter lack of grocery bags in Germany, when traveling there nearly ten years ago. It seriously threw me for a curve when I realized I'd bought all these munchies and my backpack was already full. The only grocery I know that does something similar in the US is Aldi --where you're welcome to help yourself to the cardboard boxes stuff is coming out of to load your stuff, but bags are 5 cents. Generally though, I'll admit to being lazy and taking the bags as they are handed to me. With many retail stores, I think there's a mentality of needing to take the bag-- as proof of purchase and to make the store security a little less antsy that you're slipping something past them. But the groceries generally see things pretty well supervised. We pile things onto a conveyor or other spot, things slide into a holding space, we --or some nice person--load things up into bags.
My local grocery here uses paper bags without handles. It's nice, I like having a few paper bags in the house, but I hate carrying groceries in from the car. There just is no good way to carry two of those bags up a flight of stairs with a heavy door to be unlocked at the bottom and the top. So I started taking a big shopping bag I had down to the car, putting the big bags in that, and hauling up the stairs for more efficiency. Yesterday, big bag in hand, I grabbed a cooler bag and 3 other little "grocery bags"--which look like paper bags with handles but are made of a thin but very durable fabric-ish material. That held a cart full of food for me, which will see me through a couple of weeks. The bags are all stored together--but they're the perfect size for practically everything and I can see them getting a lot of use. I wonder if the Wally-world check out would freak if I used one instead of the piles of plastic bags. It's an idea.
But I managed to forget pita bread--so I'm having to have a bagel I chunked up into bites with my hummus instead. At least I'm eating!