Tote-ally Tuesday is Totally Boring

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.

Tote-ally Tuesday totally boraing

Saving the world one plastic bag at a time.

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!


    • Delta Moxie says:

      Oh, Talya, It drives me nuts, too. I’m shifting my focus to anti-plastic bag. I tell store clerks that I don’t use their bags and I’ll either put everything back into the cart or carry items in my arms until I get to my car. Then I’ll transfer my items to the tote bags I not-so conveniently left in my car. Stores seem to be agreeable to my objective and I’m appreciative. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Margo says:

    I’ve GOT to wash the totes that are in the trunk of my car! Apparently it’s advisable to wash them a LOT! Just because they can carry bacteria doesn’t mean I won’t continue to use them, I just have to get in the habit of throwing them in the washer when I empty the groceries out of them. But first I have to get in the habit of remembering to even take them into the grocery store with me!

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