“Saving the Earth, one bag at a time….”

So I’ve always been “Earth conscious”, starting at a pretty young age, guestimating around seven or eight. I remember we just came back from a family trip to the La Brea Tar Pits and my Dad bought each of us (my brother, my sister, and myself) a little souvenier gift of our choosing from the museum Gift Shop. I chose a book entitled, “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth“, which I think sold me most on the fact that one of the chapters had a dolphin (my favorite animal) in it. Anyway, it was from that book where I learned many environmental tips, like cutting up the six-pack soda can plastic holders before throwing them away, because the ones left uncut would eventually wind up somewhere an animal in land or sea, will be small enough to get their necks caught in one of the plastic circles, thereby eventually strangling them or just making their existence extremely uncomfortable. (Happy Feet, anyone?)

I suppose I can pretty much designate that book as my starting point. I mean, I’m no Anne Ruthmann (although everyone should strive to be!), but I do try my best to be as Green as possible wherever and whenever I can (maybe that’s why it’s also my favorite color?). From owning hybrid vehicles, to using energy-efficient home appliances, we do what we can… although I know there is so much more we could still do.

So when I heard more and more about this horrific thing last year, I finally stopped putting it off and switched from plastic bags when doing my daily shopping trips to reusable Earth-friendly totes. I gotta tell you, it feels great to come up to the check stand, and when the bagger (is there some politically correct term I should be using instead?) asks me the famous question of “Paper or Plastic”, I happily pull out my reusable bag and say, “Neither, I have my own.” (With a big smile on my face of course!)

And to get to the whole point of my post today, I was extremely excited to find my newest totes from Green Concept. Yeah sure, there are many other bags out there that are more cost effective, but these were so brilliantly designed, that I couldn’t resist.

There are four great designs, each with it’s own inspirational message:

“Plastic bags take 1000 years to degrade. This bag won’t.”
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“Over 100,000 birds, whales, seals, and turtles worldwide are killed by plastic rubbish every year.”
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“God created the Earth and commanded us ‘to tend and keep it’.”
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“Saving the earth 1 bag at a time.”
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(all photos are copyright Green Concept Online)

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I’d like to close this with wise words from the eco-friendly Ms. Ruthmann (also uber cool and incredibly inspirational photographer):

No one is perfect. I wish I could live my life totally green friendly, but it’s not always practical. The important part is that I make efforts where I can, and that little changes everyday can help add up to a lot of impact in the long run. Being green is more of a journey than a destination. You just take it one step at a time, making better decisions and choices as you go. ;-) – Anne Ruthmann

Yay for going GREEN!

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