While shopping today and as the clerk rang up a small amount of groceries, two chicken legs, some lettuce, granola and a small basket of raspberries the bill came to about 26 dollars......
Yep 26 dollars, you gotta pay more for chicken that is free of hormones, chemicals and injected salt and excess fat.....
But that's not the topic here.
After I receive my pittance of change, I was asked the question " Paper or Plastic?"
Ok, I give up! I surrender!
I have shopped at this organic store and tried to support it over the years when we are visiting up here in this land of "Green".
But the land of "Green" is wacko. Typical North of the Border hypocrisy.
Now this is one of these stores that has 99 percent of their inventory is Organic, earth friendly, lots of hemp related items, organic homeopathic medicines, you get the picture.
I have tried to make less impact on the environment and try to my best do my part. Herein lies the problem.
Do I take a paper bag knowing that they are going to cut down swats of trees to make the bags or do I take a plastic bag that will float around the Pacific Ocean flotsam lasting years......
It has only become fashionable NOB to have your own bag that you schlep around for the groceries for the past 5 years or so. In Mexico they have been using owner operated plastic carry bags with industrial quality handles for years. Not 2, not 5, not 10 probably 20 or so at least.
I have using/buying these style of bags since my first shopping trek to the market in Puerto Vallarta about 35 years ago. But that was before cheap thin, put something into the bag and it will break through but not before carving a thin line in your hand, BAG.
In the states excess of bags has not been an issue until late.
Some stores have gone on the nickle and dime crusade, shaming people into bring their own bags by charging 5 cents each for a plastic bag, if you don't bring your own.
That takes a lot of moxie, you drop a hundred bucks at a store and they charge you 5 cents for a damn bag......
So they want to make it a real financial lesson for you!
Several stores that really want to make a "Change" actually will give out burlap bags to a customer if they ask for them. If you don't ask they sell them for a buck and change. They have them at the check out counter so everyone will look at you if you don't have a environmental friendly bag, so you wind up buying one as not to feel like you are singlehandedly sabotaging the environment
That way you can exit the store guilt free.
Some cities are putting a plastic bag tax on the books.
My only problem is that I have a drawer full of those great plastic carry bags in Mexico.
And I still have to buy one now and then because in my little way of supporting the local economy in Mexico I conveniently forget to take some half the time and wind up buying a new one.
So the choice is a paper bag that will destroy acres of trees or plastic bags that will not decompose and kill wildlife.
So, what would be the correct response?
Paper or Plastic?
I am glad that in Mexico people will usually simply use their Virgin or Freda plastic shopping bag.