To get supermarket home delivery or not to get supermarket home delivery?

It's back-to-school time again - that time of year that, no matter what your age, still seems to signal the end of summer.

And with the return of the children to the classroom, comes the promise of shorter days and even worse weather.

It's the time when those of us without cars really begin to dread chores that require any amount of waiting around at bus stops - especially in the evenings.

It's cold, it's inevitably bucketing with rain, and it's dark. Not fun if you're on your own, at a relatively deserted bus stop, struggling with heavy bags of shopping.

So it's not surprising that my flatmate is already trying to get me back into the routine of having our shopping delivered by a well-known supermarket - something we have to do together to reach the £25 delivery limit.

I'd already agreed without thinking, when my inner Not-So-Green Goddess kicked in and reminded me that the home deliveries come complete with lots and lots of plastic bags. Not to mention the extra carbon emissions caused by the delivery van.

Always using my reusable bags is one area of eco-living that I've really taken to, so I'm reluctant to just abandon my principles.

But what's going to win? The desire for convenience, fears over personal safety and the nagging flatmate? Or plastic bag guilt?

I might conveniently forget about shopping online this week, but I don't think I can hold out for long.Kate Martin

Topics: Waste & resource management
Tags: | children | plastic bags | weather
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