The past week hasn't been so great for the Greenhabilitator. Not only did I have to have some parts removed at the lady doctor (nothing serious...just preventative), but I also ended up at the dentist, getting two crowns. I've had pains from all angles, which tend to make me kvetch more than normal. It's rough getting old I tell ya!
Maybe it's the pains, or maybe I've just turned into a grumpy old lady already at the ripe age of 33, but I've noticed a few things this week that have made me think "Come on people!"
Like when we went to Costco the other day where ev.ry.thing is packaged in plastic. I feel dirty just walking through the store, even though we try to stick with the true bulk items they offer.
I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised. Costco isn't a store that sells food in bulk in order to help the planet, they do it for people who have BIG needs. It just made me throw my hands up and "Gaaaah!" because there's not much we can buy there anymore.
We do buy tortilla chips at Costco, which come in a mostly paper bag. We go through a lot of them, so I like being able to buy the ginormous bag. I was excited to see that they now carry organic tortilla chips, until I saw the packaging up close. Plastic. Really? Why put organic chips in a plastic bag? Aren't the people who are concerned about eating organic foods, the same people who prefer not to purchase plastic out of concern for the environment?
Oh - but when we used the potty I noticed that they now have more efficient toilets, with handles that pull up for liquids and down for solids.
I ran into some similar frustration at my local Vitamin Cottage store recently (it's like Whole Foods, but a lot smaller). They have a "bulk" section where they sell all of their flour, sugar, oats, herbs, spices, seeds, etc., yet it's all prepackaged in plastic. Come now, how is that bulk?
They do have a sign on the door that says "Have your bags? No bags are provided at our registers." which is pretty cool in my opinion.
Here are the Hickman's Family Farms eggs that hubby brought home recently. He was very excited that they were produced locally. On the down side, they come in a styrofoam package. Who uses styrofoam?? The ones I normally buy are produced in Ohio, but they do come in a paper carton that I can shred and throw in my compost heap.
I suppose I shouldn't complain. After all, we all started somewhere - right? I started with recycling, but I still went shopping too much, bought items overpackaged in plastic, and drove a gas-guzzler. That didn't mean that I wasn't trying. Fixing all of those things did eventually come over time.
I just wonder if companies do things like installing more efficient toilets because they care about the environment, or because they're trying to make up for other eco-sins.
For now I'll show my support for their progress, yet encourage them to do more. That and a glass of wine should go a long way.