My husband and I have been very good about bringing our own bags to the grocery store. We keep a bunch of tote bags in the car and I mostly remember to put them back in the car after bringing the groceries into the house. As a result, we are getting critically low on the plastic bags that we use for
- small wastebasket liners
- disposing of the results of cleaning the cat’s litter box
- disposing of the mice we’ve been trapping indoors now that the weather is cooler
- containing the foam packing peanuts that come in boxes
- pulling out and disposing of poison ivy
…and myriad other uses.
Seriously, we are down to fewer than 10 bags with no holes, and some of them are odd sizes that can’t be used as a wastebasket liner.
Such are the consequences of being green. The next time I go to the store, I’m going to have to get plastic bags. We’ve also had to figure out an alternative to using paper bags to put our paper recycling in. We’ve solved that with cardboard boxes…but we have to remember not to dump the boxes in the paper recycling (we take it to a community bin because our community does not do curbside recycling) but to bring them home instead.
Other consequences I’ve been thinking of:
- If I assign students work to hand in, I will have to evaluate/grade/mark it
- If I go to bed too late, I have a hard time getting up on time
- If I put the wool blanket on the bed, the cat will spend a lot more time on the bed than usual
- If I wait to the last minute to do my graduate course work, I get stressed about it
As I tell my students, every action has consequences. It is up to you (or in this case, me) to decide how to act and then to deal with the consequences.