I recently drove through a McDonald’s drive thru to purchase a cheeseburger. I was behind a gentleman who I watched being handed a bag with his purchase inside. He drove off and stopped a few feet afterwards at the garbage can strategically placed along the exit. It was there that he threw away the bag that just seconds ago held his goodies. Seconds! The life of the bag was only seconds. “How odd” I thought. Someone made that bag and its function lasted only seconds. I am not sure how I feel about that!
I don’t know the process of making a bag and the imprint that is added. I am certain that there are quite a few people along that process that feed their family cause of this bag and the millions like it. And that is a good thing. But the life and use of that bag lasted only seconds! Let me stress this…it was literally seconds! Was it really necessary? What are the other options? Who is responsible to be more responsible concerning our natural resources? Is it the company who hands out the bag or the party receiving the bag? How much money could McDonald’s save if they didn’t hand out a bag with every meal? I don’t have an answer….only questions.
I drove forward and the employee was there with a smile and a thank you as he handed me my bag with my newly purchased cheeseburger inside. I politely told him I didn’t need the bag and only wanted the burger. He followed my request with a confused look on his face. I grabbed my burger and off I drove without stopping at the trash can. And for this I felt good. Perhaps I helped something. What, I really don’t know. Maybe I only helped myself. Perhaps the environment. Perhaps I saved McD’s a few cents. I really kinda don’t understand the need for a bag in most circumstances nor the results if we used less of them.
What would you have done? Have you ever thought of how many bags only last a few seconds? Food for thought…….but with no bag please!
Till me meet again. Good Day Mind of Shoo