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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Look at Me! Look at Me!

British designer Anya Hindmarch has developed reusable bags with "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" printed on them. And they're selling like hotcakes. Currently, some of these things are selling for well over $100 on eBay.

Jesus, that episode of South Park is coming true. Yes, it's safe to say that reusing one bag is more environmentally friendly than throwing away a plastic bag after each use. Fine. But it's a small step. Nobody toting a "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" bag is single-handedly saving the universe. So is this level of self-congratulation really appropriate?

Also, I'd be willing to bet that many (not all) people carrying these bags would support government measures to force people to be more environmentally friendly. Yes, I'm generalizing, but if this is true, shouldn't something simple like reusing a bag be a responsibility for these folks, rather than some heroic task that calls for announcing it to the world?

So why not get a self-congratulatory t-shirt, hat or colored arm band for every little environmentally friendly act? I don't have a driver's license for Japan, so I haven't driven in three weeks, but nobody's making any special accessories for me that will help me obtain your praise.

Other "off the top of my head" ideas for self-congratulatory phrases to wear on your clothing or accessories:

* I took a shower today
* It's been nearly 2 hours since I snorted a line
* I used a condom with my hooker last night

Feel free to comment your own ideas.

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