I feel a rant coming on. Just a little one.
Does anyone remember the news and the spin about paper grocery bags in the mid-eighties? We were told every paper bag was killing a tree somewhere and it was our environmental duty to switch to plastic.
So we did. For about a couple of years. Then someone decided plastic had its own issues, so we were given a choice.
When my children played house or grocery store, the girl doing the checking always asked, “Paper or plastic,” of the girl playing the mom.
The natural progression is that both are equally bad for the environment and if we’re truly conscious about our carbon footprint, we must buy and use cloth bags. Stores sell them with their logos emblazoned on the sides. (Don’t get me started about all the implications of that. I hate advertising for other people/stores/products. They should pay me to carry their bags.)
Anyway, we now prove our environmental awareness by how many reusable bags clutter up the trunk of the car.
It was only a matter of time. I just read a news article about those reusable bags. Turns out, they’re a walking time bomb of germs and bacteria and they infect all the food and other items we so responsibly stow in them, then bring the germs into our homes.
So we’re making ourselves sick to save the planet.
Can anyone say, “Irony”?