Stop the madness
Here’s the thing: I have a bag problem. No not that kind of bag. I mean a shopping bag problem. The situation is kind of like what military people call “blowback” when there are unforeseen consequences from a decision on the battlefield.
This case of blowback has not ceded the Middle East to al Qaeda. Instead, it has filled up my house with shopping bags.
I’m not sure when the first reusable shopping bag made it into my home, but today, I have dozens of the things, most of them languishing in an already overcrowded basement all carefully folded and stuffed one by one into larg timberland uk er shopping bags a timberland uk nd arranged on furniture that I also don’t know what to do with.
This is surely a dilemma for our times. What is even more galling is I keep forgetting to bring these bags out of the basement and take them with me when I go timberland uk grocery shopping.
And if there are bags in the car, I forget to take them out of the back seat or trunk and carry them into the store to actually use them in the manner to which they should be used.
Oh, the shame of it.
I feel like an environmental failure because once in the store, I usually need a bag to carry the milk, bread and eggs back to the car.
Being a man, I don’t bother to see if the store has a pile of used bags available for reuse. And you guessed it I usually pay for those flimsy plastic bags that half the time don’t make it to the parking lot before splitting open.
Back at the car, the reusable bags are discovered, teeth are gnashed and the cycle begins again.
What happens to the plastic bags? These are stuffed inside bigger bags and stuffed again inside various containers. I have so many, I could probably insulate my crawl space or an attic with them.
This bag madness has taken over the consumer society. All manner of stores now give away permanent or practically permanent bags with a sale. They make for good advertising and they’re useful.
Small ones often show up as lunch bags. Big ones handle the groceries if you remember, that is. And they slowly accumulate . in car trunks and closets, shed timberland uk s and mudrooms, basements and storage cupboards.
Much of the accumulation can be blamed on human forgetfulness and/or laziness. We really only need a few of these at a time.
I guess, we could turn them down, but they are just so darned cute and frankly, they’re utilitarian symbols of status. If you’re carrying around a lululemon bag, you can afford to shop there.