Several days ago I followed shoppers entering a super market with their eco-friendly re-usable green grocery bags, perhaps complimenting themselves on their stewardship of the planet's environment by not accepting those nasty and free(?) plastic and paper grocery bags. Completing my shopping I found myself in line behind the same shoppers with much of their groceries in the green bags, but also with similar green bags stuffed with packages of large paper bags and the ubiquitous yellow roadside trash bags now required in town.
The human comedy never fails me - there seems something wrong in this environmental formula. We are now buying the bags for all our other household necessities that were free and the store manager is laughing all the way to the bank. On another note, the smell of leaves in the fall burning at the curb has now been replaced by stuffing them in huge expensive black plastic or paper bags and sending them off to the regional incinerator where the carbon is spewed out of sight into the same atmosphere. What an environmental triumph.