How does one answer the question "Paper or Plastic?" asked by checkers and baggers at your local store? Why must those be the only options? This question seems to leave only a choice of the lesser of two "evils" - with paper eliciting visions of deforestation and plastic recalling images of garbage-lined beaches. Many places in Europe do not give you that choice, you either bring your own bag or you carry the items you purchased without one. Many cities in California are also banning plastic bags as the state government's regulations mandating zero trash puts them in legal jeopardy for other people's litter.
So, the other option is carrying reusable bags made from canvas, burlap, denim or other sturdy, long-lasting materials. We store them in our pantry, so as we peruse to see what we need before we head to the store, they are there waiting to be used over and over. Carrying one in your glove compartment or trunk can avoid the need to remember to bring one along. The trees and oceans will thank you!
Causes M.T. Kingsley Supports
Proceeds from my first novel benefit the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and my two more recent books benefit the Anne B. Kingsley Ovarian...