I like to think of myself as a bit of a tree-hugger: I use cloth diapers, I wash my clothes in cold water, I dry my clothes on a clothesline (weather permitting), I drive a hybrid, I use compact fluorescent bulbs, energy-star rated appliances, and I use eco-friendly grocery bags.
That is, I bring my eco-bags to the store and assume that the store that sold me the eco-friendly bag will know that I want them to pack my groceries IN said eco-friendly bag.
Ah, what a nice bag! I feel great that I am saving some landfills from all those plastic bags!
Wait, what is that?? A plastic bag WITHIN an eco-bag? How the hell does that work?
When I bought my milk (you can see which store from the bag), I placed my eco-bag on the counter next to the milk, assuming that the cashier would get the hint and place my milk in her store’s eco-bag. Obviously she was not that smart. Instead, she placed my milk in one plastic bag, my two bottles of water in another plastic bag, then put them in my eco-bag.
This is where I go:
Are you fucking kidding me? For real? Why the hell would a store market and sell eco-bags and then not tell their cashiers to use them? Furthermore, why the hell would I want you to put my milk and pop in separate plastic bags, then put both of those bags into an eco-bag?
Now, I cannot blame the store in question as being the only culprit. I have also shopped at Walmart, boasting its own brand of eco-bags, and the handitard cashier, even after I told her to put my groceries in the eco-bags, continued to plastic bag everything and then place them in the eco-bag. Then there are the cashiers that get their curlers in a knot when I insist that it’s ok to place my deli meat next to *gasp* my bread in the same bag, like so:
I mean, for crap’s sake. The deli meat is double-wrapped in plastic as it is, and the bread is already in a paper bag from the bakery. I think it’s ok that they sit next to each other. Getting along is a virtue I love in food.
I don’t use eco-bags because they’re pretty. I use them to help the environment.
So damn you stupid companies who sell these bags, tell your cashiers to USE THEM!