Reusable Shopping Bags

July 14, 2008
by Mary Jane Hanson

Genesis 1:27-28 – So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said "Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals." (GNB)

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I was annoyed with the cashier who was putting too many items into each bag. She indicated that the store was saving bags. I was annoyed enough to stop shopping there for a while as a protest.

This incident did get me thinking about the number of plastic shopping bags that I went through regularly. I decided to purchase several reusable bags from one of my favourite stores. These bags are colourful, sturdy, and have twice the storage capacity of plastic bags.

Now that I have reusable shopping bags, I need to remember to bring them along when I go shopping. I also need to gauge how many bags I will require for my purchases. When I'm paying for my purchases, I need to inform the cashier that I want to use my bags rather than the store's plastic bags.

Each year, we have more opportunities to improve our efforts at being environmentally friendly. Purchasing and using reusable shopping bags is another way we can be better stewards of God's creation and be role models for others.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for new opportunities to improve our stewardship of Your creation. Guide us to take whatever measures are necessary to become good stewards. Amen.

About the author:

Mary Jane Hanson <mjh013@sasktel.net>

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


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