This Tasty Thursday’s post doesn’t involve a recipe. Instead, I want to talk about my grocery shopping companions. No, not Mini Me and the Hubster. I’m talking about my reusable shopping bags. Now, you may be thinking, “Moody, I can’t believe you manage to remember to take shopping bags with you to the grocery store.” Well, I do, and I’ll tell you why. Because my loathing of plastic grocery bags is more powerful than any cancer drug-induced memory loss. It’s not so much the bags themselves as the sheer quantity of them that was sending me over the edge. Sure, you can reuse them sometimes, but the supply far exceeds the usage. This is because the average Stuffmart employee uses 47 bags to bag 26 items. “Ooh, that looks heavy, better double bag that…oh, hey meat, better triple bag that, wrap the bag around, tie it in a knot, and drop it in another bag….shampoo, that needs its own separate bag…better put that gallon of milk in a bag, or two, ‘cause it’s heavy…” It just never ends. And so, my utility room was being over run with plastic bags.
Then, one day, when shopping at my favorite grocery store, I noticed the reusable bags. Sturdy, big enough for a good amount of groceries, and only 99 cents. I decided to get a couple. You know what? I LOVE these things. I now have three of them, and they will hold most of my groceries. Although, the baggers still ask me if I want my milk in a separate bag. I’m not sure what’s up with that, because friends, if a gallon of milk gives way, ain’t no little namby pamby plastic grocery bag gonna contain it. Another thing I like about them is that unlike the evil plastic bags, they are not painful to carry. Ever almost amputate your hand trying to carry all of the groceries in one trip? Not with these puppies.
One more thing…if you’re still thinking I’m crazy, consider this: those plastic bags are made from petroleum. Price of gas got you down? Hey, maybe there’d be a bigger supply if so much petroleum weren’t being used for all these stinkin’ bags. Just a little food for thought here on Tasty Thursday.