I try to be as green as I can and try to continue improving daily. I am always looking for a way to make a difference. And today my friends, I feel as though one person really can change the world.
Dear Husband and I have been shopping with canvas bags for quite some time now. It all started in our local health food store Ellwood Thompson. I bought my first canvas bag and the obsession began. We take them everywhere and let me tell you, they are not always well received. I’ve actually resorted to bagging my own groceries in some places. Some places are stepping up a realizing that things have to change and are starting to offer bag credits for every bag you use of your own. I think that is swell. I can save the world and save some money.
A few months into my bag obsession, I saw an Oprah show about going green. Oprah asked if paper or plastic was the best and I knew that the answer was neither. I felt smug that I was one step ahead of the Oprah show. Later in the show, she introduced produce bags. Oh my, new bags for my collection and yet another way to save some plastic. I went to buy the bags right away but for days and days they were sold out. I stalked the site until finally, the bags were available.
I was so excited when my produce bags came. We used them for the first time and people stared at us in the produce department like we had 14 heads or something. The cashier was intrigued and commented that they were interesting. Within a few weeks of having the produce bags, I headed back to Ellwood Thompson and used my bags for produce and for bulk grains. This time the cashier was very excited. She was calling attention to my bags with everyone in the store. She wanted to know where they came from and I proudly said “Ecobags.com”, once again I was feeling smug. An low and behold, guess what happened. The very next time I was in ET’s, they had custom printed produce bags for sale in the store. Now, I’m not sure if this was a result of my little bags but I sure would like to think so.
My little bags have been causing a stir everywhere I go. But yesterday, I must tell you that I felt the proudest I have ever felt about them. We went to Charlottesville, VA with some friends to spend the day at the lovely Historic Downtown Mall. We had also decided that we would visit the Mecca, Whole Foods. I was excited, health food stores are one of my favorite places and since we don’t have a Whole Foods here, I couldn’t wait. While packing the car, I threw in my canvas bags ready to fill them to the brims with yummy healthy food and cheese.
We probably spent an hour or so in the store, roaming the aisles, trying samples of good food and filling our little cart. While we were looking at the bread, I saw that they had the cutest little shopping bags and I mentioned to my dearly beloved that we had to buy a couple of them. I wanted one for myself and one for T, from work. I had recently turned her on to using canvas bags as well. I even earned the nickname “Hippie” for it with my co-workers. So, as we gathered our things and put them on the belt I added two more bags to my ever growing collection.
And while shelling out what seemed like my whole paycheck, the man bagging my groceries said “These are cool, where did you get these” and I was feeling prouder than every. No way was the Whole Foods dude asking about MY bags. I proudly said “Ecobags.com” and he pried a little more. He wanted to know how much I paid and wondered if they could get them custom printed for Whole Foods to carry in the store. Oh, I was feeling more smug than ever.
I can’t wait to go back to that Whole Foods and see those bags for sale. It feels good to know that I *am* making a difference one bag at a time.