Bags, everyone! Bags!

I was shopping at Trader Joe’s the other day and was very excited to see that they have started selling organic, humanely-raised chicken. After what I’ve been reading about feed lot meat, ugh. Anyway, I was very happy to see this. Then at the checkout counter, the guy asked me if I’d found everything I wanted, and I said, “I wish you carried grass-fed beef.”

Presto, he gets this guy to look it up for me in their system, and it turns out there are two marinated tri-tip varieties they had right there in the fridge case that fit the bill. Yippee. Meat I can eat without all the bad health effects of beef and the guilt about contributing to global warming and other nasties. I bought the carne asada type. Yummo. Taco Tuesday coming soon!

Then when I was leaving, I noticed this sign:

I don’t know if you can see the details very well on your screen, but it’s a picture of an adorable little reusable bag crying from inside a locked car. Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!! I want to go into the store with you…. Or, now that I think about it, maybe it’s a bag that’s tryign to get into your car as you drive away. Hmmm. Well, either way, it’s kinda cute, and er well kinda disturbing.

Okay, so at the time I thought it was adorable. What a NICE way to remind people to stop polluting by using all those plastic or paper bags. Very polite little reminder.

So, I’m sure there’s some awful thing Trader Joe’s has done that I just don’t know about and all that. But for now, ignorance is bliss. And until our CSA meat share starts in December, when I get to purchase the ideal — pasture-fed, organic, and local meat — well, I’ll gladly go to Trader Joe’s. Two outta three ain’t bad.

The local farmer’s market has few veggies left these days. The weather’s turning. I need to pick some apples next weekend and make applesauce and all that. But mostly the growing season in my neck of the woods (New England, USA) is almost over. I tried really hard the last two months to buy the local stuff and preserve it, but there’s no way this year that I gathered enough to last us until spring crops come in. I did, however make a dent in our food-related energy consumption. Next year I’ll do better with more lead time and having figured out what we should have done differently this year.

Meanwhile, I started using my reusable bags everywhere I go, so I’m doing my bit. At Target the other day, the checkout clerk looked at me like I was crazy when I refused — politely — his plastic bag. They’re not just for groceries anymore, folks! Seems like it’s somehow okay now for yout to bring a bag into the grocery store, but eeghads not a REGULAR store, heaven forbid.

Well, anyway, if you want some good sources for buying reusable bags, check these out:

Fair Indigo (a fair trade on-line store) sells beautiful bags — these are quite lovely as well as foldable and reusable

ReusableBags.com sells all kinds of bags as well as other items (lunch boxes, etc.)

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3 Responses

  1. I really need to start using reusable bags. My fear is I will forget them when I go to the store. I guess I could leave them in the car.

    Anyhow, I’ll have to follow your example!

  2. You know what I do, Paul? I leave the bags in the car and then bring them in the store with me. If I forget to bring the bags into the store I made myself a rule: either I have to go back out and get them or I have to buy more reusable bags from that store! Since I’ve made that rule for myself, I have not had any problem remembering!

    Then when I bring the bags inside with groceries or whatever, I empty them and then take them to the front door and hang them on the door knob so that I will remember to take them back out to the car. This system is working great for me.

    I can’t seem to get my hubster to do it, though. 😦 Maybe if you start doing it, I can beat my guy up about it — a little manly competition on who can do a better job of helping to save the planet. 🙂

  3. Someday they’ll probably stop using disposable bags all together, but we use so many of them I can’t imagine what we’ll do. I think we’re cleaning the litter box twice a day and kitchen garbage twice, so that adds up when you only shop once a week. Plus they’re getting thinner, and I can’t reuse the ones with holes.

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