I was reading about a restaurant in St. Louis that professed to be one of the first “green restaurants” in the Midwest. Intrigued, I checked out the menu—only to find that more than half of it contained meat items, as well as bottled water. It even had hotdogs on the menu. Hotdogs, really?
One wonders, what happened to all the dog poop before plastic grocery bags became the norm? As it happens, I am old enough to remember the answer: it just kinda sat there. Gross, right? Gross.
Cities may have had poop scooping laws on the books, but it wasn't until fairly recently (the last 15-20 years) that they started enforcing these rules. That timing dovetails nicely with the rise in the use of plastic grocery bags, which crept into the market in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
There was also a study done which found bacteria including e. coli on reusable tote bags. Guess what? Funded by the plastic bag companies. Guess what else? They didn't test plastic bags. Which I bet had e. coli on them. As does everything, really.
Have you ever read a study about the germs you find on money? If that doesn't make you a confirmed germiphobe, I'm not sure what will.
Most sources recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. (Frankly, this is just not the kind of thing that's even on my radar as I move through life. But you know what? I just set a series of calendar reminders to nudge me to replace my brush!)
For a family of four, that's sixteen toothbrushes thrown away every year!