I work in a grocery store.  And I hate plastic bags and bottled water.  We have pallets of plastic bags for your convenience and aisles packed with water in cheap plastic bottles that break if you look at them wrong and spill water all over the floor.  Every night, I stock these plastic bags at my registers.  At least once a week, I help stock these horrible boxes of water bottles, feeling very much like a DEA agent putting meth-amphetamines up for display.  Here is a video that might help explain why, besides their breakable nature, I despise these things:


When I put these bags on their racks so they stay put when baggers or myself or customers put things in them, at least one bag of every bundle just splits, rendering it absolutely useless.  Now my store recycles all of its plastic wrap and plastic bags and will recycle yours as well if you bring them in, but my home recycling company will not take them.  But convenience aside, disposable plastic is awful.  Here is another video about plastic bags:

Plastic is the main component of the Pacific Garbage Patch, or rather plastic chemicals and pellets, which fish and birds mistake for food and eat. They are then regurgitated into baby birds’ mouths and then both adult and baby birds are either poisoned or starve slowly. To put it simply, plastics photo degrade into smaller and smaller compounds that never fully degrade.  They stay around forever, eventually becoming small enough to be ingested by phytoplankton, thus contaminating the entire food chain.

So what can we do?

Easy! Bring your own water in its own reusable water bottle whenever you leave the house.  Bring your own shopping bags.  An added bonus is that your own bags and bottles are typically sturier and won’t split, spilling your precious groceries, water, liquor, juice, soft drinks, smoothies, etc. all over the parking lot.

About Nathan

Hi! I am Nathan! So why am I here? That is my main question. I am fascinated by the current wave of science meeting with the philosophical questions throughout history. I am a Taoist and a disorganized dreamer who makes up new words to describe states of being and thought processes. I love to bring to you these simple yet powerful little inspirations and truths. I believe that each one of us is infinitely important and we are all connected. As Carl Sagan put it, “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” We might be all connected, but you are still you. It is your perceptions that shape your reality. So join me in changing perceptions!

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