Green Grocery Bag Challenge.

8 Nov
I’ll be the first to admit – I’m rather annoyed by the onset of Christmas decorations, advertisements, and the consumerism of the holiday already being prevalent in all arenas.  The grocery store had Christmas music playing this past weekend.  I’m a pretty big non-fan of Christmas music to begin with – other than traditional hymns sung on Christmas Eve – so it was a dose of extra torture.  I join many others with the train of thought that this should most certainly wait until after Thanksgiving.  Consumer America lends no such luck.
Despite the fact that this is directly related to the holiday, this I will get on board with – the Green Grocery Bag Challenge.  Found on Sew, Mama, Sew, this challenge is a call to forego wrapping paper for cloth grocery totes.  Not only would the large garbage bag of ripped holiday paper be lessened, but the gift recipient also receives an additional gift to limit the use of plastic bags throughout the year.  Double score.
Now, I do love paper.  Pretty paper.  But I also love fabric.  Pretty fabric.  The trick will be finding the time to sew the bags but I’ll make my best effort.  Want to join me?  OR I’ll sew a bunch of bags and you buy them from me?  (I’ve been looking for a little side business of sorts …)
From Sew, Mama, Sew’s blog post about the challenge:
The Green Grocery Bag Challenge: A Holiday Sewing Project Benefiting Mother Earth

Fact 1: US consumers generate 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bag waste during the holiday season alone.
Fact 2: The US goes through 100 billion single-use plastic grocery bags every year.
Fact 3: This year, you can make a difference!
How? The challenge is this:
Wrap your holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags.

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