So I’m checking out at the grocery store yesterday, and I asked for paper instead of plastic. The clerk said sure, and commented that everyone wanted to paper today. Making small talk, I told him I’m trying to use less plastic.
First of all some disclaimers – I do not recycle. This fact probably makes my very green friend MO angry. I just know it would be another fight in my household of trying to get the Husband to participate and help maintain.
Now just because I don’t recycle doesn’t mean I don’t understand the dire straights we’re in. So I make small conscience efforts, like asking for paper instead of plastic. Then I use the paper bags for other things around the house.
Ok, back to the story – I mentioned that I was trying to use less plastic
This is where the debate began
Grocery Store Clerk: “These are tree’s though” indicating the paper bag he was filling with my goceries.
Me: “Yes, but the plastic doesn’t ever biodegrade.”
Disclaimer (millions of years is the same as never to me)
Grocery Store Clerk: “But they have to cut down trees for this and trees are what allow us to breath.”
Me: “I guess I’m picking the lesser of two evils, besides, I can always go home and plant a tree.”
(seriously dude, I’m not saying I hate trees)
Grocery Store Clerk (did I mention he was probably 17): “Soon there won’t be enough places to plant trees.”
OK, this guy loves trees. He is ignoring the evils of plastic to tell me how much he loves trees. OK, I give up but I still want my paper bags.