Although my concern for the welfare of Planet Earth ranges somewhere between “hardly at all” and “very little”, I try to do my part. I recycle what I can, although my garbage company is from the Stone Age–they don’t recycle paper or cardboard (I know!). Mostly I do these things out of peer pressure. I’m afraid they’ll sniff out my hypocrisy each time I go to Whole Foods. Plus I like to feel better than other people whenever possible. Condescension can be so satisfying, which is half of the reason people are environmentally conscious. Naturally I’ve been employing my reusable bags at the grocery store (although I forget them in my car most of the time. They need to have reminder signs in the parking lot.) You may recall my dilemma about the ugliness of said bags: boring green (or shocking red of you get the bags from Target) with a cheesy store logo on the side.
But I finally hit the reusable bag motherlode! I didn’t have the patience to hang out at India’s
nerdfest homeschool get-together on Friday so I went to Pier One* instead. Since being ecologically aware is ever so popular (and profitable) Pier One now offers several darling styles of reusable bags. I picked the one that has both bees and birds (like my blog, duh. Except they’re really more like moths than bees. Whatever. Still cute). For $2.99 I can let everyone know that I have both a love for the planet (shhh, they don’t need to know the truth) and a grand sense of style. Isn’t that a relief?
*Random Jennie Trivia: I got my very first job at Pier One. I was 16 and couldn’t believe my luck at getting paid $3.35 an hour. Much better than babysitting where I might get all of $10 for the night if I was lucky.