How I Celebrated Earth Day This Week

22 Apr

My Grocery Shopping Cart this week.

I did it!

Thanks to my community of Mamas, my grocery cart is now ‘greener’!

I always brought my own grocery bags to pack my groceries in after paying at the cashier’s – but I used those thin plastic bags when segregating and putting produce and bulk foods in my cart.  I knew it wasn’t exactly ‘green’ but I rationalized that I would recycle them anyway.  This year, with the help of my readers, I was motivated and finally bought my reusable and earth-friendly muslin and mesh bags for my bulk and produce foods.

I have to tell you though – I was the only one in my health food store with reusable produce and bulk foods bags.  Everyone else around me was still using those thin plastic bags.  They were all looking at my muslin and mesh bags with wonder in their eyes.  Maybe I will, in turn, inspire them to stop using even more plastic too.

Thank you for motivating me to be a better person and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

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4 Responses to “How I Celebrated Earth Day This Week”

  1. Nicki @ ChenaRaw April 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I haven’t switched because I’m afraid that those bags won’t keep my produce fresh. During the winter in particular, this is really important as my produce as to travel. Thoughts?

  2. cameraphonevegan April 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    can you use the muslin ones for grains & fine things like that? i hate that i still use the plastic bags at the bins. one of my tweeps was just saying that some WF will take your glass containers?

    • Mama In The Kitchen April 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi Cameraphonevegan! I used the muslin bags recently for beans and nuts. And some spilled out at checkout because I didn’t tie it tightly enough. I personally would be scared to take glassware while grocery shopping… I have broken 2 glass containers while exiting my health food store in the past. I guess that’s not so bad… but I like that the bags don’t have that extra fragile quality. ;) I’d say they are worth it! Just learn how to tie them… or next time, I’ll use the twist ties. Now… I wouldn’t buy flours because I actually have a mill at home, so I mill flours for my family.

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