Today is Earth Day, and I’ve got a fun evening planned with friends. Chef Akasha Richmond invited me to “Battle of the Chefs: Eco-Cuisine”, a cooking competition “to help raise national awareness of the importance of incorporating eco-friendly foods, soy in particular, into our diets”. Akasha is one of the judges and is also cooking for the event.
That’s what I’m doing tonight. Today I’m doing something even more exciting, and it’s something that I know will make a difference in our very fragile world: I am officially giving up plastic AND paper bags at the market.
I know I should have done this long ago, but I just didn’t want to deal with it. I KNEW the statistics, that just one thin bag could take up to a THOUSAND years to decompose in a landfill. I’m estimating that I brought home an average of 8 bags per week, sometimes BOTH plastic and paper. I should be ashamed, and I am.
And the actual reason why I hadn’t switched to reusable bags yet?
I’m almost embarrassed to say it, but if I’m going to be honest and make the change today, here goes… I’ve been waiting for someone to sell “cute” reusable shopping bags that I like. Something with a vintage-look or with some groovy patterns that I’d WANT to carry in public. It’s ridiculous I know but I hated the ones sold with the market logos, and I definitely didn’t want to carry the “I’m not a plastic bag” tote either (it’s white for goodness sakes).
I actually own two amazing, sturdy shopping bags with “Gourmet Institute” embroidered on the sides. I got those when I attended the (awesome) event in New York a few years ago. But honestly, those are too “special” to use everyday.
Just last weekend, Peter and I were grocery shopping at Gelsons market and as we walked up the cleaning aisle, I stopped dead in my tracks. There, next to the dish soaps and rubber gloves were a whole, new bunch of beautiful, REUSABLE shopping bags. Pretty ones with vintage looking paisley patterns, pink ones with yellow flowers, just all sorts of cool designs. There must have been nine or ten different styles and I stood there “oohing and ahhing”… then we continued walking up the aisle, paid for our groceries and brought home eight more plastic bags.
What a waste. Especially when it’s such an easy switch. I’m heading to Gelsons now, but don’t worry, it’s not a special trip JUST to buy the pretty, vintage-looking, reusable shopping bags. I had already planned to grocery shop anyway.
I’m actually excited about this change. I think I’ll have Peter put up a special (pretty) hook for the bags near the wall where we keep our grocery list. Ooh, I guess I should think about not writing my list on actual paper anymore… wait, maybe I should just take this one step at a time.
Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Please check back soon to see my pretty, new (and I’ll say it proudly), REUSABLE grocery bags.
Whole Foods “More Shoppers Bring Their Own Bags”