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Just a little thing to say…

When a store employee asks me if I want a bag, or worse – puts the items right in a plastic bag, I usually let them know that the average plastic bag is only used for 30 minutes.

Maybe it will make them think about their own plastic bag usage!

What have you caught yourself saying to people that might sound a little preachy (but you mean well)?


Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
-Katy Perry, “Firework”

“Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


4 thoughts on “Just a little thing to say…

  1. Off hand I can’t think of a recent comment, but then again I have been trying very hard not to open my mouth. Today I stopped at the store to get a few needed things. I brought 2 of my reusable bags, more than enough. Without watching the bagger used both my bags and a plastic bag. Before I had a chance to say anything the cashier removed all my items and rebagged them. She used my second bag to hold a card I purchased so it wouldn’t get damaged and the toilet tissue, and put the plastic bag away. Most know me well enough to know I won’t accept the plastic. It got me to thinking how many extra plastic bags are used when the bagger is afraid to overload the bags and uses more than needed for each customer in a day.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | October 3, 2012, 4:28 pm
    • Recently someone told me people ask for double bagging so that they don’t have to buy garbage bags. That makes me really sad. So I am asking for no bags so that someone else can get double. It’s sick.

      Posted by stephanieough | October 8, 2012, 9:53 pm
  2. I tend to only talk abut myself. “I don’t need the plastic, thanks. Forgot my reusable bags, so I’ll carry it today. Guess I’ll remember next time.” When I do it this way, I don’t feel odd for asking, and it seems to be well-received by whomever is checking me out. Very non-judgmental.

    If people seem flummoxed by reusable bags, I ask if they mind if I bag my own purchases. This seems to be greeted with gratitude, in general.

    I also try to tell people *before* I am rung up that I don’t need a bag if I don’t have one with me. Sometimes they stick it in one anyway (habit is ingrained!!), and I remind them politely and they usually laugh and give it to me to stick in my purse or carry out by hand.

    Posted by Brigetmulling | October 6, 2012, 7:19 pm

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