Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

From it's birthplace, the big bad bustling metropolis known as Lincoln, Nebraska.  Now, I'm all for smart environmentalism and people that say that Global Warming is made up make me want to punch them in the face.  That said, Earth Day always sorta feels like a Hallmark holiday to me, and yes, it serves its function for raising awareness and for the people using environmentally conscious practices today of the entire year, it still helps.

Besides turning off the water while I brush my teeth (this should be a no brainer, people!), my favorite eco-conscious thing to do is bring my own bags to the supermarket.  Now, despite the fact that they will happily sell you these bags, doesn't mean they like it when you bring them.  They get annoyed.  Ignore that, bring them anyway.  Save a plastic tree.  Better still, do it in one of these.  I think I need one... you know, or six.

They also have Brooklyn ones!  And while we're on the subject of bags, why not throw in something potentially incredibly controversial/offensive?  Calling something "Vegan friendly" does not give you license to charge the same as you would for an identical product made from leather!  It is not the same, not the same fabrication, not the same quality.  Yes, it is vegan, but that doesn't make it any less vinyl (or whatever it happens to be made of).  Sorry for the rant, I've just been coming across this so much lately, and it's really pissing me off.


  1. Toronto recently implemented a rule where stores have to charge 5 cents for bags. Some stores give the money to environmental charities too (others keep it. Booo on them). But it means that the cashiers are much better about using your reusable bags. I likes it!

  2. A lot of stores in Winnipeg do the same thing (charge 5 cents for bags). I like it, too!

  3. People would go apeshit if they tried to do that in Nebraska. I need to get out of here...

  4. It's planned for NY, too, if the mayor can get it passed. And you know I second your sentiment.;-)