Today we decided to go on a short trip out of town. Having left the house quickly, we forgot our personal water bottles so we made a quick stop at the local mini mart to pick up a drink. We walked out with two drinks and a snack for the road. On the way out we had to stop at the pharmacy for our prescriptions and finally at our destination we did some boutique shopping.
Once home we looked around the car and were amazed at the amount of trash we had accumulated in just one day! Normally we are very efficient in bringing our own drinking bottles and bags to carry our goods in but as I previously mentioned we ran out in a hurry today.
We felt guilty realizing that our empty bottles, empty prescription bags, empty shopping bags and receipts for all of our purchases had a life span of about 4 hours in our car and were going straight to the landfills! It's even harder to imagine that this happens with millions of people every day. Honestly, I'm not even sure why plastic bags are even allowed anymore or why we have to get receipts for trivial purchases such as 2 drinks.
Needless to say, we were quick to put our totes in the car for future use and will be more diligent in refusing bags, receipts and anything else we know won't last past the car ride home!