I shouldn’t be on this right now, because I have to go to work. But I decided to catch the later bus, so now I have 15 minutes to write about something that just came to mind. I visited one of the blogs on Sirdar’s blog roll, A Spot of T, and there she has a comment about one of the featured sites at WordPress. I agree with her — some of them are great, some not so. But the one she talks about is fantastic — Reusable Bags deals with the ever growing problem of plastic bags. It was good to read that San Francisco has decided to ban large supermarkets from offering them to customers (I hope eventually that includes all stores). Here in Australia there’s a great trend to people using cloth bags — the two larger supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths, have their own bags, each version proudly stamped with an environmental message. It’s a common sight now to see people carrying them around, and so much easier to load your groceries into them than getting plastic ones. My guess is the plastic bag manufacturers aren’t too keen on the trend however.
It reminded me of something I discovered during a trip to Italy a few years ago. I went into a supermarket in Trento and when I got to the checkout, discovered that if I wanted plastic bags instead of the standard paper ones (and who would choose plastic over paper anyway?) I would have to pay for them. This was their way to try and encourage shoppers to do the right thing by the environment.
Well, my 15 minutes is coming to an end — better think about going to work. I know what I would rather be doing. 🙂