Thursday, June 12, 2008
Paper, plastic, or hassle?
This week I decided to start bringing my own reusable bag to the store. I’d like to tell you that it’s because I’ve become very environmentally conscious. But really, I’m just tired of those white plastic bags overtaking our pantry. Then the plastic bags block my view of the food in the pantry, so I go shopping and bring home more food…and more bags. (I think you see the dilemma here.) So off I went to the store with my red bag. I was feeling proud because I remembered not only to bring it in the car, but then remembered to bring it into the store, too. Then I stand in line with my ten items. I smiled and said to the cashier, “Hi, I’d like to use this bag for my items, please.” The lady smiled back without saying anything and took the bag. As she started to bag the groceries, she fumbled with the items and began mumbling to herself, “hmm…maybe I should put the cereal box in first. No wait, this should go in first instead.” She was struggling with the bag, and the number of people standing in line behind me was mounting. Finally she sighed and said, “I’m not sure whose idea it was to start bringing in their own bags.” Me, neither. But, I’d like to ask that person how they handle the dialogue with confused cashiers. So what’s a girl to do? Bring home an endless supply of plastic bags? Bring a reusable bag to the store and hope it doesn’t fluster the cashier? Swear off grocery stores altogether and go on a diet of leaves like our neighborhood deer??