For every little bit that I detest Wal-mart, I love Target just as much. The last several times I have visited my eyes have been attracted to the reusable tote bag that had the Target Bullseye all over it. Believe it or not… I probably glanced at the bag 2 or 3 times before I actually realized it was made from recycled Target shopping bags. Ahem. We’ll say it’s because the kids are always distracting me or Oregon Dad is rushing me along.
Yesterday I was at Target without Oregon Dad so I bought one! Hehehe. Actually, I went to Target with the intention of purchasing one… I have a plan for it. The display had the bags and Newsweek magazines. Evidently… if you purchase a $5 Newsweek, remove the cover, use it as an envelope to mail in your target plastic baggies… you will receive a voucher for a FREE recycle tote. Now… I was buying the bag anyway… but I went ahead and got the magazine as well.
Now, here’s the good part. I made it to the register with just a few purchases. (This is quite amazing for me in Target.) In addition to the lovely recycled tote I also had the prescription I picked up for TeenGirl (my primary reason for the stop today), two $4 t-shirts, a package of recycled printer paper and the magazine. I was busy talking to Little Kritter in the cart (who was bouncing her Klean Kanteen and stuffed jelly fish around), when I turned back around the cashier was stuffing my recycled tote bag into a plastic bag!!!! OMG! I almost laughed. Seriously. I decided to let it slide just this once… after all… if I didn’t get the plastic baggies what would I send in to get my voucher for another tote? I just spent $5 on the darn magazine!!! I really hope that the very young cashiers learn that these tote bags are for the purpose of putting your purchases in!
That reminds me of my stop at Fred Meyer the other night… I didn’t have my totes with me and was picking up some terra cotta pots and flowers for the kids Mothers Day projects for the Grandmas and Ballet Teachers. I had a several little items… the cashier gave me a funny look when I asked her not to bag them… just stick the stuff in the little pots. She said, “well do you want boxes for the plants?” I replied, “No Thanks”.
It is a whole new mindset and it will take people a while to learn… we really don’t need all these baggies! Afterall… what are we going to do with them! My next mission is to convince hubby that we should get some of those super sized totes at Costco and leave the cardboard boxes there. He likes to bring home the boxes because we use them to store our over abundance of recycling… so that one might not change.
Today’s Green Tip- Get yourself some tote bags. Nearly every store has them now. If you want something really fun to carry with you at the mall and for daily errands, check out these Terra-Totes.