All fall and winter I’ve been buying carrots and apples in five-pound sacks. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and bulk beans come home in smaller, flimsier plastic bags. These and other bits of plastic wrap are almost the only things that make it into my garbage bucket (recycling and compost take the rest), and it occurred to me that most of those bags don’t have to go into the dark alone.
So on Saturday night, after I finished grating the last carrot for my salad, I set the empty bag by the front door. The next morning, I folded it up and stuck it in my pocket as I left the house.
On my walk, I picked up a cassette’s worth of video tape that was gleaming dark and unspooled in the park, and shoved it into the bag. Half a dozen plastic cup lids joined it, along with a small assortment of paper cups and a few other odds and ends.
I only retrieved about half of what lay directly along the path and I feel a mild regret that I didn’t grab more, but I was with a friend who had come out for a nice walk and I didn’t want to change our very pleasant stroll into something else.
When I walked to the library the next day I forgot to take a bag. Sigh.
So my next goal is to remember to take an empty, otherwise unusable sack every time I walk out of the house, and fill it up with trash.
And the day I can’t find any crap to put in my bag…I’ll celebrate.
Okay, it’s not the cleverest new hobby ever, but I’m excited. Now I have to turn it into a habit.
Thinking ahead for me – do you have any suggestions for how I can celebrate the garbage-less walk when it happens? Besides chocolate, I mean?