I am absolutely horrible about remembering to bring in my cloth sacks to the grocery store. It is quite shameful too considering my background and years of training in marine science, ecology and conservation. They are always in the back of my car. I just walk out of my car and head right into the store not even thinking about the troubles that lie ahead! I get up to the cash register and unload my spoils. Then it dawns on me, I left my cloth sacks in the car. What to do? Do I make a big deal about and run to the car, holding up the register and irritate the people behind me? Do I purchase more cloth sacks to use, adding yet more to the collection amassed in the depths of my Outback? Or, do I suck it up and let the grocery clerks put 1 to 2 items in each plastic bag, amassing an even larger stockpile of plastic bags.
I know what you are thinking. Run to the car and get the cloth bags or buy some new ones. I used to buy new ones to use, but I have too many now. I give them away when I can! But alas, I an only american human and opt for the easy way out. I’m not proud of it, but each time I mess up I vow to do better. And I am getting better, remembering more. There is no reason we need to even have plastic bags around! They are bad news for the ocean from endangering wildlife to bioaccumulating in our seafood, eventually reaching us.
My World Ocean Wish is for everyone, including myself, to remember to bring their cloth bags to the store with them. Keep them in your car or somewhere easy. It is so important reduce our plastic footprint in the oceans. Don’t listen to the cynics who say that the damage is done. It doesn’t need to be done more!