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Monday, May 7, 2007

can you afford to be "green"?

Want to do your part to help the planet? Try using a reusable grocery bag. This cute organic shopper by Stella McCartney retails for just $495. Or, if that's not quite your style, check out the bag designed by
Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni. $843 for a nylon bag... what a steal! Still haven't seen anything that tickles your fancy? Well, if you can hold out until later this summer, the one & only Hermes will be introducing their own version of the reusable grocery sack... made of hand-wrought silk, it collapses into a wallet-size pouch of calfskin. At just $960 it's a must-have for every grocery shopper. Or, perhaps you might be interested in Anya Hinmarch's "I'm not a plastic bag" available here in the US, on a pre-order basis, in June. At $15 a piece, this might be more up your alley. The problem will be getting one! They are sold out everywhere. I've heard they're even selling on ebay for 10x the original price!

So here's the thing... I don't know about you, but when I go to the grocery store, I don't leave with just one bag. I leave with like 10 or 15. So, is this truly feasible? Honestly?! Even if I bought the Trader Joe's specials for a buck 99, it could definitely get expensive. Then, where would you store them all? I might have think some more about this one.


anna jo said...

pete and I just use a big backpacking pack... it works out quite well.

Emily said...

Sheesh! Are Earth Friendly and Pocketbook Friendly mutually exclusive?

mama jo said...

i don't agree with being green...i admit's a pain in the there!

willie said...

i side with mama jo on this, we need all those plastic bags to put kate's nasty diapers in the garage!

tara said...

I wonder how long it would take to use $960 worth of plastic sacks? If they were worth a penny each (which I doubt) that would be 96,000 bags. If I average 10 grocery sacks every time I go to the grocery store, that wold be 9,600 trips. If I live to be 85, and I went to the grocery store every day of my life, that would still only be 31,025 trips! I'd have to go 3x a day for 85 years and come home with 10 bags every time if I were going to use that many bags. And that's only under the assumption that they're worth 1 penny a piece!

Now that was fun.
But don't check my math b/c there are probably errors!