Austin, TX (PressExposure) March 30, 2011 -- Paper or Plastic? That familiar grocery store question has once and for all be settled in Austin. Nationwide consumer markets are being tested for the expulsion of plastic bags from communities and the environment with some of the leading grocery and drug store chains eliminating the option for non-biodegradable containers. In addition to being a hazard to wildlife, plastic bags are made from petroleum, thus furthering our dependency on foreign oil. With an estimated one trillion plastic bags consumed worldwide, positive initiatives have to start somewhere, and the city of Austin has gladly stepped up to the plate.
Through the efforts of concerned citizens, changes are coming. And movers and shakers in Austin's business community, such as Affinity Properties - Austin Texas real estate expert, stand in strong support to make a difference that all residents may benefit from. Some of Austin's top commercial enterprises are leading the way and taking a stand to heal the planet, and are always ready to educate and motivate others. Yes, the world is changing, and every one of us can do our humble part to make it better.
Every citizen can show their support and reconfigure their lives to accommodate the problem. Surely it is not too much to ask that we give up a minor convenience of using a disposable plastic bag. Eco-friendly options are best represented with a reusable grocery carrier, such as a sturdy fabric bag or heavy duty plastic. Paper bags, although not toxic to the environment, pose their own set of threats with wasteful use of foresting trees for a one-time use of carting food from the trunk of the car. The better plan is to pick your favorite reusable container and keep them with you when on the go. Even grocery stores that are not participating in the removal of plastic bags will thank you for saving them the overhead cost of supplying a container.
Reusable grocery bags are plentiful at eco-friendly outlets, and are often offered in a variety of sizes. Costco makes a tough and durable shopping bag available in small, medium and large sizes and can be purchased for a nominal fee at your local Costco store. The key to effectively using your Costco bags is to keep the weight of each loaded bag within your ability to carry it to your kitchen. These mighty bags can hold more than the average person can comfortably carry, so be sure to stock up on several Costco bags and distribute the grocery load evenly.
Rolling carts are another ideal way to transport your groceries from the vehicle to the fridge, making the unloading process even easier than carrying a multitude of plastic bags. In addition, you may find a simple laundry cart with wheels sufficient to transport your goods from the garage to home, while making far less trips to the trunk than usual.