Monday, July 28, 2008
Paper Or Plastic?
That is the line that stumps me at the checkout. If I ask for plastic, I'm taking something that won't biodegrade and supporting that industry. If I say paper, then I'm felling a tree. What to do?
Many places are selling bags these days and any of them are fine. Since reusable bags are a sudden trend, I had to recommend the ones I use, not just for groceries but for anything I buy-- clothes, books, prescriptions, make up, sporting goods, tech supplies, etc.
Envirosax makes a set of five REALLY attractive, sturdy, well made bags in a variety of modern designs that appeal to all tastes - mens, womens and kids. The bags are surprisingly large and easily hold double what an average paper grocery bag does. To boot, the large loops sling easily on your shoulders (and even when stuffed to the brim, somehow doesn't kill you) leaving your hands free for doors and keys.
They're amazingly sturdy, gorgeous and well made of a waterproof fabric that washes and dries in a breeze (for when you bring drippy meat or ice cream home). Best of all, they come in this little sac that you can fit into your glove compartment or purse. Or roll one up and put it in your pocket - you'll barely feel it's there.
Think of how many of those horrible plastic bags you go through -- some stores are worse than others in packing them light and handing you 13 bags for a 30 item purchase. (Target is a big offender!) I want to say PEOPLE!!! Do you know that these will never biodegrade? (I also, want to ask if my biceps look that dinky, but that's another issue altogether).
Take a moment to calculate how many plastic or paper bags you use in a week -- from trips to Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Baskin and Robbins, The Gap, etc... Let's say just 10 bags. That's 520 bags a year! You may reuse those and that's great. But Envirosax practically eliminates the need.
They also make great gifts -- as singles if not the set of five. Normally they are $42-39.95 per 5 pack. Found them here for $33.95.
(Thx to outdoorbalance.com and peacefulcompany.com for the pix)