Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Form or Function?

This girl is all about function... well like 90%.

With only a few exceptions, I think more about how efficient/useful/comfortable something is before fussing about aesthetics.

I have been thinking about this for a while... every time I go grocery shopping actually... after reading a few blog posts complaining about those green "green bags" that are now being sold at grocery stores in an effort to cut down on the plastic bags in landfills. The complaint was that they are unsightly (ugly)... so much so that a few of the bloggers had even refused to use them and had sworn off reusable bags until they had come across some cute ones that could help them be more "earth-minded" without sacrificing their sense of style.

I use them and I LOVE them. Here are my thoughts on the matter:

Who the HELL cares what your grocery bags look like? Seriously!... no seriously!

Would you like to see my well-thought-out argument on the matter? I thought so.

1. The plastic ones that are filling up land-fills are not dazzlingly lovely, so why the worry about aesthetics with reusable ones?

2. Theese "ugly" green bags cost 99 cents. If you are like me--you need between 8-10. I don't want to spend $5-20 bucks per bag (times 10) that I will be using for gallons of milk and ground beef... no matter how cute.

3. Did I mention grocery bags hold milk and meat and other things that drip and spill?

4. They hold a ton... much more than your run-of-the-mill plastic bag and more than even the paper alternative (which, btw, are not all that more ecologically viable).

5. Using reusable bags makes you feel like a super-hero... saving the earth one shopping trip at a time (while buying imported pesticide-ridden produce and ultra-packaged products... well, you can't fight every battle all the time.)

It's not that I am anti-aesthetic... it's not that I don't want a cute reusable bag... just not for groceries (but maybe to feel better about my running shoes with the sweat-shop-sewn leather upper) just kidding of course.

What about you? Are you form or function?

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I love the green HEB bags. Out of all of ours (sonme purchased, some received for free) they are the best.

The worst... which ripped open... the whole foods bag!