I have learned that not using grocery store plastic bags is not much of a challenge for me.
And Tote-ally Tuesday, frankly, has become totally boring.
Even today when I ran into the big box store to fetch toilet paper, I approached the checkout lane and realized I didn’t have a tote.
You know I walked out with more than that toilet paper.
I explained to the checker that I had forgotten my tote bags in the car and I did not want any of these plastic bags. I had a master plan to place everything back into the basket to transport it to my car. She agreed to my demands and all was good.
To bore you a little more with some details:
* Industry figures show 90% of all grocery bags are plastic.
* Plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product. Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.
* It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down.
* The amount of petroleum used to make 1 plastic bag would drive a car about 11 meters.
* Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags. Not only that, these poor animals suffer a painful death. The plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death.
* Less than 5 percent of US shoppers use canvas, cotton, or mesh bags. Please change that number by choosing reusable bags when you shop.
Hope you are having a good week. Do you have any other tips?
Sending all my good thoughts for my friends on the East coast recovering from Sandy.
Thank you for stopping by!