A few weeks ago I wrote about my first foray into the newfangled world of online grocery shopping. When the big, beautiful box showed up on my doorstep I will admit I was pretty excited. I don’t know about you but I love getting packages and mail of any sort, so the thought of getting a box of groceries just put me in a good mood. I was also pretty curious as to how they were going to make sure that the one jar of Alfredo sauce I bought didn’t break during the shipping process as well as how exactly they were going to fit the mishmash of toothpaste, deodorant, apple juice, pudding and every other item together in one box. The answer to both of those questions is bubble wrap, loads of it. If I was planning on moving any time soon I would have kept it because I easily could have wrapped all the pictures in my house with how much of the stuff was in there. I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me, but the way you keep a 2.99 jar of sauce from breaking is by wrapping it in copious amounts of bubble wrap. As I pulled more and more items from the box, I couldn’t help but feel rather guilty at the sheer amount of plastic waste being generated from my laziness. If you count the cardboard box, it isn’t quite eco-friendly to buy a whole bunch of groceries and then have them bubble wrapped so they can be sent to you personally. It’s sort of like when you’re grabbing a snack at the gas station and see that they wrapped their bananas in plastic wrap. It makes me want to scream “don’t you see they’ve already gone through the trouble of being wrapped by nature.” Now that I type that I realize how wordy that retort would be. I’ll work on that. Overall, the online grocery order and delivery thing at least in this iteration doesn’t seem quite worth it. Probably better to stick to traditional grocery shopping for now, even if it means navigating crowded aisles filled with hungry and impatient humans. The one upside, all my items arrived quickly, and they threw in some promotional granola bars (score)! Now, if you will excuse me, I have some carbon footprint calculations to figure out.