That's my CARBON footprint, not my regular footprint because my feet are really very nice and pretty and dainty, thank you very much. Hence the shoe obsession. Which is not the same at all as a shoe fetish. One is simply stylish while the other is. Well. Weird.
So, my carbon footprint. I am guilty of leaving a larger one than I should. We keep our house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I have been known to drive somewhere just FOR FUN. And I used plastic grocery bags. I say USED because look!
I bought these the other day. I bought two to see how I liked them, thinking I would buy more later and I TOTALLY need to go buy a dozen more because I LOVE THEM. LOVE THEM. Not only do they easily hold more groceries, they don't tear at an inopportune moment and I don't end up with dozens and dozens of plastic bags which can take up to 1,000 YEARS to break down in a landfill. Which makes me feel a little guilty about my great-great-great - OK, insert about ten greats here - grandchildren.
When I first got home with them, my container of watermelon pieces had tipped and spilled watermelon juice in the bag and I was horrified - my new grocery store tote bags! My fabulous, help heal the hole in the ozone layer, tote bags! But then I found that the bottom piece of the bag comes right out, I rinsed it off and we were good go.
When I went to the grocery the other day, I tried to buy more but they only had some black ones from a different company, which would TOTALLY not match my blue Kroger ones, so of course I had to wait until I could get to a store with more blue ones. Because, even though I am all about saving the planet and all, I do have an image to uphold as a fashionista and that image does not include grocery tote bags that DO NOT MATCH. I shudder at the thought.
You also get a rebate when you use these bags. It's only 5 cents, but it's better than those plastic shopping bags which are reproducing in my pantry as we speak. Seriously. Every time I open that door, I swear there are more of them.
So, grocery store tote bags. That's what works for me. Now I just have to remember to take them with me when I go to the grocery. And I will remember to put them in my truck just as soon as I remember where I left the keys.
Go to this site to see how many plastic bags your family uses in a year. It's scary.