My posts occasionally reference the environment — and conservation. Here’s another. . . .
Every day I go out for lunch. Sometimes I go to a restaurant but most days I go to a sandwich or salad shop and bring something back to my office.
Everywhere I go, a carefully-wrapped sandwich is placed into a larger bag. A salad is placed in a large bag. And a small container of pasta or tuna salad is placed into a large bag. Bags bags bags bags. As soon as I get to my office I crumple the “bag” and toss it out. A brand new and perfectly serviceable bag goes deep sixing into the garbage within minutes.
Many customers in the restaurants I visit take their sandwich “bag” from the counter, walk 10 feet, take out their wrapped sandwich and sit down in the seating area. And the bag goes into the garbage.
I started thinking about the waste incurred in this avalanche of paper that — usually within minutes (often seconds) — gets tossed out. I would wager that most people are smart enough – and dextrous enough – to carry a wrapped 10 ounce sandwich a few feet. How about suggesting to food purveyors to offer a bag if needed? I would wager that in one day of saved bags, a lot of trees would be much happier . . . . and the environment just a wee bit cleaner. Or – you can do this on your own. Like I do. You may want to pass this one along. Every little bit helps. Or hurts.