Bags, bags, bags
I'm going to post pictures of my bags soon to make my point. But for now... When I moved here to la-la-land, I was a recent ex-smoker, and from la belle province. Which meant, the first time I went to a store and bought something, and the sales clerk was exuberantly cheerful, I was taken aback. (Clerks in said province lean towards haute-couture and snooty posture, not birkenstocks and polished smiles) But not quite as shocked as when she then asked "Do you want a bag?". My mouth dropped open, and I was like, "uh, yeah". Totally blown away. It was unheard of then in my neck of the woods. That was my first taste of living in the same province as David Suzuki.
My second introduction to the keen sense of environmentalism out here was at the coffee shop at my university. The first time I visit the cute place with great cinnamon buns, I order a cup of joe, and the chap asks me, "Do you have your own cup?". I'm surprised I didn't keel over. I coughed politely. I am Canadian after all. So then began the long, drawn out process of buying the (plastic) cups they sold, which gave me 10cents off every cup of coffee. At least I think it was 10¢. Either way, I didn't save any money. At the end of the semester, my room was lined up with a shelf full of these coffee cups. I dutifully bought one most every time, and even though they say it takes 30 days to form a habit, it didn't stick with me.
But now, I 've been living here for a while. I recycle, I re-use plastic bags, I don't go as far as that guy who doesn't use toilet paper in his efforts to leave a lighter footprint, but I am reformed. I still don't smoke too. So as the new and improved reformed me, I even found myself taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz and when I found out that even though I don't drive (never got my license...I know it's insane), walk or take the bus everywhere, am a vegetarian (more or less) , live in an apartment, and whatnot, I still would need 2.5 planets to sustain my existence! Shocked again, I followed up the quiz with the section that lets you calculate how to reduce your footprint. Which brings me to my point, about bags. I have a lot of shopping bags I bought (see aforementioned coffee mugs) that I constantly forget to use. I figured I was bringing them about 20% of the time. Ok, 15. So, amongst the other saintly and unrealistic promises I made on myfootprint.org, the only one I remember (maybe I need to take ginko or something) is that I promised to increase my BRINGING OF THE BAGS TO THE STORE to say, 60% (ahem). And, I'm happy to say, that by and large, I've surpassed that percentage! I get anal about these things and I put it on the calendar when I don't remember the bag. Catholic guilt means that I'm bringing the bags more often than not.
Now, I'm too wiped to go on about the real, actual point of this, which is what happens in the actual stores with said bags. Stay tuned...
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