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Feb. 2nd, 2009 | 01:51 am

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, am I green?

Green Fields (from *SΛM's photostream http://flickr.com/photos/samsnet/)

Green Fields (thanks to *SΛM)

Well, to begin to answer this I’ll have to put aside the obvious misuse of the word by both media and public relations, and instead focus strictly on minimizing my damaging effects on the environment.

So to be environmentally friendly I must, at minimum, recycle and refuse plastic bags whenever possible. Recycling is easy, as more and more places offer recycling bins. My city, for example, already provides us with a specialized recycling bin, and a specialized bin for organic things such as branches and other plants.

As for plastic bags, well, that one is a bit tricky. Try as I might, several places just don’t understand the situation. A few months back, I went to Walgreens to get some cold medicine, and being that I only had one small item, I would not expect a bag. However, it seems that the store has these special small plastic bags for such situations, and the employee was surprised when I refused to take a bag. In another situation at Food Lion, I bought three of their reusable bags, since I had forgotten mine at home. I would have expected that all my items would be placed inside one or two of these bags, but instead, while I used the machine to pay with a credit card, the lady placed my three reusable bags inside another plastic bag, and gave me four more plastic bags with my items spread out. I was in shock. I didn’t say anything. I just honestly didn’t know what to say.

Now, I’m not complaining about these stores. Normally, the employes at Food Lion know to place my items on one of these bags, and I generally never had a problem with them before. I don’t know what to say about Walgreens, but it’s certainly not limited to them, as people have attempted to give me these small bags for purchases at other stores. Target tried to give me a little bag for a lock I bought. Toys R Us tried to give me a large bag for two small toy cars (no larger then 4 cm in length). And the list goes on.

To be continued…


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from: galephys
date: Feb. 9th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)

you know, maybe it's a sign of crisis, but in many stores in Russia now people have to pay for plastic bags. I am almost sure it doesn't have anything to do with environment.
But you know me, I would tell these cashiers at least something like "I'm sorry, but why didn't you pack stuff in my reusable bags? Obviously, I bought them to not use plastic bags." :-[

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