After a long, stressful day at work, you decide to make yourself a delic dinner to enjoy while you relax and binge watch Pretty Little Liars, so on your way home you pop into the store to gather ingredients and a bottle of wine. You're on a budget so you scan your Club Card to qualify your purchase for the $0.10 mail-in rebate (don't forget to buy stamps!), but since you didn't plan on grocery shopping tonight, your reusable bags are hanging by your front door and you end up sending $0.35 on plastic bags.
By the time you get home, you're totally exhausted, starving, and dying to find out what happens between Aria and Mr. Fitz (so illegal, so wrong-- yet so hot, so right), but you only have two arms and those tiny plastic grocery bags only hold like two things, so you have to a make a few trips. As you grab the last bag, the bottom gives out-- your eggs break, your wine is shattered, and your home-cooked-meal dreams are destroyed in an instant.
Rather than enjoying wine and whatever mouth-watering dish you were going to prepare with those eggs (Fried rice? Breakfast for dinner? Bacon, eggs, and leek risotto? The world will never know…), your eating soup out of a dented can and washing it down with luke-warm tap water. At least I can still watch my show, you optimistically think as you turn on the TV-- only to discover that your Direct TV's turned off because your bank account was $0.35 short so your payment didn't go through…
You recognize that this is real life and not an ABC Fam guilty-pleasure-drama, but you can't help but think that only a serial life-ruiner such as "A" could wreak this much havoc on your night. Well, spoiler alert, you're right-- except you spelled the perpetrator's name wrong. Contrary to popular PPL theories, the perp's name isn't spelled "A," it's spelled "HDPE."
Roll dramatic music and cue these facial expressions:
HDPE, high density polyethylene, is what those flimsy, lightweight plastic grocery bags are made from. As I've illustrated above, crappy plastic bags are a serious threat that we as consumers face, and as you can see here, plastic pollution is the most serious threat our oceans face. One million plastic bags are in use each minute, each plastic bag is used for an average of only 25 minutes, and it takes about 500 years for plastic to disintegrate. During that time, the bag breaks into tiny particles and are consumed by marine life. That's sad, gross, and totally depressing.
One simple thing you can do to help prevent these problems (and finally put an end to "A-AKA-HDPE") is to use re-usable tote bags when grocery shopping. The cotton and canvas tote bags featured here are large and strong, so they won't break your eggs or crush your dreams. Store them in your car so you have them on hand for your next spur-of-time-moment-binge-worthy-dinner, and make enough for two because I'd love to join you.
Click the links below to shop the tote bags, and click here for eco-friendly products to fill them with.
1. Blue crab tote bag by Pink Box Studio // 2. Pineapple tote bag by Oh Little Rabbit // 3. VW bus canvas tote bag by Oh Little Rabbit // 4. Fox tote bag by Charlotte The Teapot // 5. Chevron tote bag by AIY // 6. Set of 3 tote bag by Coastal Cate // 7. Color block tote bag by Musical Color Studio // 8. Cotton lion tote bag by The Rare Ones LA // 9. Recycled cotton goldfish tote bag by Oh Little Rabbit
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