The other day, I had a new experience during my biweekly shopping trip. That’s right. A brand new experience. One that I’ve never, ever, ever had in my entire life. Pretty monumental, right? So what happened, you might wonder? Well….
I brought my own cloth shopping bags.
Crazy, I know.
And when I got to the check-out stand and the bag boy asked me, “Paper or plastic?” I so smoothly replied, “I actually brought my own bags. Can you fill these up?”
And for all of five minutes, I was that uber-trendy, eco-friendly California girl who buys only organic fruit and wears only organic cotton clothing and visits farmers markets every weekend and leaves only when her arms are overflowing with brilliantly colored flowers and vegetables.
And I have to admit, as I walked out with my cloth bags swung comfortably over my shoulders, I felt really, really cool.
Since then, I’ve been thinking: How else can I go green?
While I’d like to say I’ll start eating all organic food and taking three minute showers and unplugging all my appliances when I leave my apartment, I know those things are a little ambitious. I figure I should start small, incorporating simple yet significant changes into my everyday routine.
These are the ideas I’ve come up with so far:
Use cloth napkins.
Go car-less on the weekends and whenever possible. (Beach cruisers really are so much cooler anyway.)
Take advantage of the office recycle program and toss bottles and cans in the appropriate bin.
Bring real silverware to work for lunch instead of using the plastic stuff.
Pay bills online and choose not to receive a paper copy.
These are my initial ideas for ways that I can make little differences everyday. I’ll let you know if I think of more. In the meantime, what’re you guys doing to help out the planet? If you have any easy ideas for going green, feel free to pass them on!