Being in Europe really opens my eyes to how wasteful I can be in America. I am constantly reminded of this whenever I see the significantly smaller European fridge, the consistent, methodical use of the recycling system, and the noticeably smaller cars and use of mopeds. By far, Europe is leaps ahead in the conserving category. At the supermarket, everyone brings their own durable bag, and I’ve begun the practice as well. I even carry a bag in my purse, just in case I may go grocery shopping. It also helps that some markets charge you 3 cents per bag (so you can forget double-bagging everything!)
So why is it so hard to use the same practices in the U.S.? For New Yorkers, public transit is an essential, but why not the use of a moped over a car? They take up much less parking space, use less gas, and are a much better alternative to cars–not to mention the chic-ness of the smaller motorcycle. That being said, my next major purchase will be, not my convertible dream, but a cute little Vespa. And I’ve permanently switched from store plastic bags to my own cute little canvas bags for shopping. It’s really not so hard, so why not try it?