Thank god Earth Day is over. I couldn’t take much more of it. Everyone wearing their “environmentalism” on their sleave like a badge of superiority.
Don’t get me wrong, doing common sense things to reduce “waste” in all its forms is a good thing. It tends to lead to living a simpler life. Go back a couple generations and your great-grandparents were masters at it. Not because they were trying to minimize their carbon footprint, or trying to save the polar bear, they did it because it made sense and it cost less. Now we have an “environmental elite” that is hell bent to inform anyone how righteous they are and how bad you are if you don’t follow their lead. And what a lead. How about the couple who invited us to dinner and then proclaimed how their new Hybrid car was going to save the planet. When we told them that we were shopping for an SUV, the bigger the better, to take kids, hockey gear, mother’s-in-law, dogs, friends, etc., the host couple could barely hide their sneers. This while they feted us with grapes, salad greens, avacados and all manner of foods that were TRUCKED or FLOWN in from California and beyond. They also had the nerve to talk about their latest trip (by air) while one of their children ate a “Lunchable”. I am sure that every light bulb was on in the house. The fact that we try to buy local vegetables, rarely eat imported fruit other than bananas, use a wash line to dry clothes quite frequently, and can’t remember the last time we stepped foot on a plane (that is more financial than idealistic) didn’t matter. This couple wouldn’t know a clothes pin if it was pinching their ear, but the fact that we didn’t kneel at their feet and thank God that they bought a Hybrid was reason enough to put us in the “Flat Earth Society”. The non-believers.
Well, to my immense joy, Sobey’s has stated (at least at the local store level) that they will not ban plastic grocery bags, or make customers pay for them. Yeah! Wooohoooo! As I have stated before gettting rid of grocery bags is a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that does not exist. Where this policy has been put in place elsewhere, production of plastic bags has increased, to fill all of the other uses that plastic grocery bags take up when they get into the home. Somebody at Sobey’s has their head on straight and is doing the “RIGHT THING” even though it may cause the ire of “environmentalists”. Sobey’s you have a brand new and life-long customer now.
I wonder how long bags will be banned in other stores when they see a drop in spending in their stores. Think about it. It is quite easy to be going down the isles and pick up spontaneous purchase after spontaneous purchase if you know that when you get to the check out their will be plenty of plastic bags for all the extras. You have to start thinking about the extras when you only have so many of those reusable bags at your disposal. Is that sweater for the son or daughter worth having to buy another bag at the check-out? Who knows? So you probably will put it off for another day. Maybe, when it hits stores in the pocket book, they will come to their senses.
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut
Craig Simm died on Tuesday. I will miss him.