Wednesday, January 23, 2008

To Bag or not To Bag...

Apparently the grocers of the country really, really say they want us to punt disposable bags. Yesterday Whole Foods gave away shopping bags. Today, from a national grocers association group comes this:

At the grocery store, when the check out clerk asks, "paper or plastic?," what's the more ecologically sound choice? Consider this: About 14 million trees are used annually to make paper bags for Americans.
And, it takes 12 million barrels of oil to make a year's worth of plastic bag. The National Co-op Grocers Association, which represents 109 natural food co-ops across the nation suggests the choice should be: "Neither."

"For the environmentally conscious, deciding whether to use paper or plastic at a grocery store can make you feel like you're caught between a paper mill and a petrochemical plant," said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "If at all possible, this environmental dilemma has a fairly easy solution: BYOB, 'bring your own bag.'"
Shrader suggests making a small investment in reusable bags and keeping them in one's home, car and/or office. Seek bags that are sturdy (heavy canvas is one good choice) and roomy enough to haul groceries (string cotton bags expand greatly but can also be easily tucked into a purse or backpack). Another option is bringing one's own storage crates, which make loading and unloading groceries especially easy.

We've got a guy here at the office that does the crate/box thing, and, man, do people look at him funny.