Thursday, August 28, 2008

Captain Planet, he's our hero!

By now you should know that we're trying to save the planet. There's been a HUGE interest in the last few years about going green. I've always tried to recycle and be eco-conscious, so I'm all in favor of this movement. I can't build a completely green house and bike everywere, but there are things I can do.

If it fits me, of course.

A little over a month ago, I decided to make more an effort to take my lunch to work everyday. Mostly, it's healthier and saves me money. I used the plastic grocery bags as my lunch bag and tried to convince myself I was recycling by using twice before throwing them away. I toyed with the idea of getting a lunch bag, like I had in grade school, but that just seemed so lame.

Until I found this:

Doesn't lunch just look so much more fun in this box?
It makes me happy. Then Fran (completely forgetting that I showed her my lunch box before and all she said was "I don't like Dr. Pepper") showed me this site today, and I really want this one, among others. Like purses and shoes, I need lunchboxes for every outfit! Just kidding. For now. . .

Since the grocery bags were starting to pile up, I knew it was soon time to invest in reusable grocery bags. Today, picking up lunch fixings at Giant, the bags were everywhere, and I knew that their time was now. I asked for two, thinking I might really need three or four (which is how many plastic ones I would have used), and all my groceries fit in one and a half! Brilliant!

They are even kind of cute!

When I first moved here, the Giant near my house was kind of scary. Dingy, dirty, small-ish, and not the best selection. I often went to Safeway for my major grocery shopping and only went to Giant when I'm in a rush.

After today, I think I'm changing my mind, and here's why:

1. They've completely re-done the store. Much bigger selection than before, including locally grown produce, brighter, larger, and much more inviting.

2. Cheaper.

3. Much more convenient.

4. Discounts when you use the reusable bags! Yay! I saved 20 cents today!

So, I'm saving money and the planet and looking good doing it. Sweet.


Giggles said...

I want a fun lunch box now. :)

Jasmine said...

Kudos! I did the environmentally-unfriendly plastic bags to hold my lunch....tsk tsk and shame on me. We used to have one of those insulated lunch bags, but it got stolen at Joel's school - who steals a lunch bag, honestly?!?! Anywho, you've inspired me to do better. :) Thanks.

Giggles said...

What are the dimensions on your reusable bag? I'm thinking I could make them for Christmas presents or something.