The Biggest Fail!
Bad news for waterways and roadsides. Michigan was in the news this month when they joined 6 other stars in passing a law banning cities from banning plastic bags and other plastic containers. Apparently the restaurant lobby in the state pushed the ban through the legislature.
There are over 200 forward-thinking U.S. cities
that have banned single use plastic bags.
Unfortunately, a state bag ban ban will supersede city laws.
That's not going to stop me from doing what I can!
This was our shopping this week, along with another bag of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The staples, all from bulk bins, will last at least three weeks and probably a month. We have to drive about an hour away to access a store like this but if we do it monthly and combine other errands (and some fun) with the shopping, it's worth it. The bags are paper and we save them to fill over and over.
We bought: 2 kinds of oatmeal, a variety of dried beans, oat bran, lentils, barley and rice. We also bought olive oil and coconut oil in glass jars (in stores near us we can only get them in plastic bottles).
We carried all our groceries to the car in cloth bags like the red one. Not one piece of plastic came home with us with this lot!
We didn't do as well in the produce department. Most produce was prewrapped or bagged in plastic. The fails: no loose carrots, cauliflower, or parsnips and the apples and oranges that were loose were double the price of those prepackaged in plastic (even though they looked exactly the same). The wins: onions, sweet potatoes, and an avocado. Nope, we didn't buy the ones on the left!
The Writer bought something we needed from Amazon because we live in an area with limited shopping and sometimes Amazon is the only place we can find what we need.
The item itself was in the small box with no other wrapping inside. However, the small box came inside this giant box (which I could have easily sat in) with plastic packing all around it. The item itself was not fragile and could just as well have been shipped in the small box alone.
The Writer is 6'1" tall. Easily eighteen feet of unnecessary plastic.
I'm claiming this last one as a win. We checked all the stores near where we live for a new handheld scrub brush that was not plastic. This was the best we could do. It's kind of big for my hands and is meant to be used on a long handle. But hey, it is made of wood and has natural bristles, and the only other one we could find was from Amazon and would have been shipped from England!