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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

A Sign of Things to Come?

The co-op is a shop I remember from my earliest days, they are still going strong and most neighbourhoods have a co-op of some sort. Their history is fascinating. Yesterday a little cloth package was delivered through all the doors in the neighbourhood. Usually free gifts are delivered in plastic bags of some sort aren't they. Inside this cloth package was a free cloth shopping bag from the co-op. The co-op has very strong ethics about life and the environment and I can see them setting a trend by replacing plastic bags with a more environmentally friendly alternative. I really do hope so! I've heard of the cloth flour sacks that used to be used and I'm wondering if we will see a return to this sort of thing. How wonderful it would be to be able to recycle packaging by actually making something useful instead of sending it to the growing recycling mountains that seem to be springing up, that contain useless plastic etc. This little bag pictured here will come in very useful in my craft room!!!

4 comments:

melissa sews said...

I have just begun shoppng at our local co-op, Ann. They are amazing places! I'm weary of the plastic, disposable mindset in today's society.

We are making a concerted effort to shift from consumerism to conservatism in our little family. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is also better for the pocketbook!

Peggy said...

It is a lovely give away from your co op, all of these bags can be reused or like you suggest used in other areas like your craft room

melissa sews said...

Thank you for your comment today - and yes, our radishes were soooo delicious! We picked our first arugula, bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach today. I let my son help me pick it and we prepared a salad together. Daniel said it was the best salad ever! We are having too much fun with this vegetable garden. :) Melissa

Au vieux trousseau said...

Indeed it is a great initiative from co-ops to replace plastic bags by cloth ones.
Claire