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Snuggies for Dogs?

by Meghann on October 15, 2009

I couldn’t help, but let out a little chuckle when I saw the following display at PetSmart this evening.

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Snuggies for dogs? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Does anyone own a human sized snuggie? If not I have a little secret for you… put your robe on backwards and voila – instant snuggie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Beside watching the Adventures of Balloon Boy this afternoon, the rest of my day was pretty dull and involved a lot of data pulling. Yawn.

At one point I did try this new (to me) bar that Mariani sent me.

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This was very sweet and very sticky. I actually had to cut half the wrapper off so it would pull away.

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Still it was tasty and if offered I would happily eat it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner had to be quick so I wouldn’t be late to puppy training class this evening.

Enter Kashi Frozen Pizza.

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As always I jazzed up the frozen pizza with some left over shrimp.

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Much better!

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I had been meaning to try the Caribbean Carnival Kashi Pizza for a while. The mix of non-traditional pizza toppings certainly caught my eye. The overall flavor was sweet, but savory. My addition of the shrimp blended so well, I would have assumed they were originally suppose to be there. My only gripe was the lack of plantains on Kashi’s part.

Dear Kashi,

If you are reading this please add more plantains to your Caribbean Carnival pizza.

Thanks

-Meghann

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With my half of the pizza I made a small salad.

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Toppings included:

  • Spinach
  • Sauerkraut
  • Olives
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli

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Puppy class went really well tonight. Maddie is back to her happy-go-lucky self and passed all her training tests with flying colors.

In fact she did so well I bought her a new toy.

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She hated it. Obviously.

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I couldn’t think of anything else, but the Pumpkin Ice Cream waiting for me when I returned home.

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With the addition of crushed Chocolate Teddy Grahams it was worth the wait. ๐Ÿ™‚

Florida Bag Ban..

Florida legislation is trying to pass a new law that would put a ban on disposable paper and plastic bags after a 5 year phase out in the state of Florida.

If passed this would be the first statewide legislation of its kind. The 5 year phase out would require a fee on all disposable bags starting with 5 cents per bag and raising another 5 cents each year after that. The intended fee should encourage patrons to purchase reusable bags and get used to bringing them on their own.

The ban would also have a profound impact on saving the environment by eliminating the unwanted waste of the bags and the process of manufacturing them. ย ย 

Personally, I am a firm believer in bringing reusable bags each time I visit the grocery store. This ban would have no effect on me. Well, except for the rare occasion that I am caught with out my reusable bags.ย ย 

I hate wasting so many plastic bags. Ultimately they serve their function of taking my groceries from point A to Point B and then go to the trash. From the trash they can end up in turtle bellies or other harmful places. Reusable bags are A-OK in my books.

However, this ban does intrigue me and I’m interested to see how the state reacts as it becomes closer and closer to taking effect. When it comes down to it the ban is ultimately taking away someone’s choice to use plastic bags and as Americans we hate having our choices taken from us even if they are the bad ones.

What is your take on this ban? How do you think others will react?

1 Brie (The Fit Bride) October 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I don’t think it should be a legislative thing to ban grocery bags, but I do think grocery stores should offer incentives for using them. I bring mine with me to Target when I shop and I think I get a nickel a bag off my groceries for them!

2 Erica October 15, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Hey girlie! Love your additions to the kashi pizza (and your letter…cracked me up :)). Ow! A new toy! I need to Frank some more toys…he tears right through them! Kongs and nylabones are the only things he can’t eat. I think that bag law sounds AWESOME! I try to bring my own bags every time I go.

3 Mica October 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I’m pretty sure Maddie’s good behavior (and recovery!) warrant a canine snuggy. C’mon, Meghann, don’t JRT’s deserve fuzzy, back-less wizard robes too?!?

4 Emily October 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

1. I am 100% in agreement with the ban. I do forget my bags occasionally, but I would happily pay 5cents once in a while.

2. I have never had bigger food envy than I have over that pizza. A nationwide product with plantains, are you kidding me? That sounds to die for!

http://eatventures.wordpress.com

5 Christy October 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I think it’s a fantastic idea to ban plastic bags. We visited Ireland earlier this year and they have already implemented it. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Jenna October 15, 2009 at 10:19 pm

snuggies for doggies! how cute.
and yeah my sis owns a human snuggie! haha. she wanted it soo bad. that bar looks great.
i love how you add more stuff to frozen meals, such a great idea!
dessert looks delish as always, love how you have dessert every night!
jenna

7 Evan Thomas October 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

They were just making fun of those products for dogs on Leno! They’re ridiculous in my opinion, even for humans

8 Melissa October 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I think it is fabulous. I am shocked that florida is pushing for it. Do they recycle cans there? I am always shocked in SC that they don’t.

Anyways, rock on girl for having reusable on hand. Glad the pup is better.

9 Jessica October 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

your doggie is just too cute.

10 Kirsty October 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

We’ve had the bag ban in Sth Australia for about 6 months now. There was a phase out period of a few months then they were gone. No biggie really, they sell reusable plastic bags for 15c and canvas for about $2. It hasn’t been that hard to adapt to – I have a massive handbag which is very useful! I also keep the canvas bags in the car so when I get to the shop they’re just there. Hasn’t been too much uproar about it, everyone seems to have just dealt with it.
I think its a really good idea.

11 Kate October 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I think it’s fantastic. I keep reusable bags, and always reuse and recycle plastic bags where possible. I don’t really have any problem with my “choices” being restricted where my choices hurt others! (I guess it’s easy to tell how I vote….)

12 Jaime October 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

A couple of our major grocery chains (Canada) have already started this practice over the last few years. So many people whined and complained (and still do!!) but it’s really not a big deal. There are so many easy-to-carry reusable bags out there that there really is no excuse for not having one on hand. (except maybe if you are a man without a purse!) Here’s hoping Florida takes the idea and runs with it!

13 Kristine October 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

That pizza looks really yummy! I will have to try it! Do you add dressing on your salads or are you not a fan?

14 Meghann October 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

I didn’t add any dressing to that salad inparticular. The sauerkraut was very moist so non was needed.

15 crystal October 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I reuse them for trash bags. Now I’m going to have to go out and pay for plastic trash bags. And if they start in on that when do they start on disposable diapers??

16 allie October 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm

that pizza looks great.

i think promoting reusable bags through incentives to the consumer is great. i am on the fence about legislation to require bringing your own. personally, i try to bring my own when possible, but i would not be happy to be charged at the grocery store after work when i am carrying a laptop, officework, a purse, work shoes, maybe gym clothes, and have to walk home on top of it. to add reusable bags into my daily work load would be a bit much. i do my big shops with reusable bags on the weekend and use take plastic during the week which i never throw away until i have used a few times for other things.

I also wonder about the health risks to a person who is throwing, for example, poultry in a reusable bag, the package leaks and the person is unaware, and then that person unloads the poultry and uses the same bag for a trip to the farmers market and throws apples into that bag. just a hypo but i something that gives me a bit of pause. in any event, i strive for reducing waste where prudent.

17 Meghann October 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

I think the same thing when I get poultry or any other meat. I always ask that they put the poultry or meat item in a plastic bag before putting in my reusable bag as to not contaminate the bag or anything else that goes in it.

18 Karine October 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm

In Canada, there are some cities that already have that kind of legislation. The great thing about it is that it makes people realizes that plastic bags have a bad impact (if they don’t realize it impacts the environment, they at least realize it impacts their wallet).

Actually, this legislation has been in vigor in Toronto since June and I realized that there are more people than before who use reusable bags since the implementation of the law.

It is great that Florida wants to implement this legislation too :).

19 Julie @savvyeats October 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I think grocery stores should offer more incentives for bringing your own bags, or charge for using plastic/paper bags!

20 Liz October 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm

hey!
first off, my dog has a snuggle and I don’t… I’m kinda jealous of her somedays.

secondly, I do agree that reusable bags are the way to go, however, I keep a constant stash of plastic bags around for dog poop control. What do you use for that?

21 Whit October 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Lol, my worship leader totally had a pic of those snuggies as an example of an ‘epic fail’ Tuesday night.

Also ‘Adventure of Balloon Boy’ how ridiculous was that?!?!?!

22 cookinfanatic October 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I am so happy to see all this sauerkraut on your blog… I am Polish and love me some ‘kraut!!! We have it every holiday season, served with noodles, onions and butter and it’s one of my all time fave dishes ๐Ÿ™‚ reminds me of my grandma when she always made it for us!

23 Amy October 15, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I think grocery stores should offer incentives as well as charge a small fee for plastic bags. I don’t think legislation should be passed to dictate something that businesses and consumers could establish on their own.

24 talesfromtwocities October 15, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I love the bag tax! They do it all over Europe – in Ireland it was like 20c per bag. Here they are used totally frivolously in my opinion – they double bag everything in the supermarkets here in Boston, even if I bring my own they still sneak plastic ones in..

25 Becky October 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I would be against the bag tax. I try to use reusable bags, but there are those times I forget or don’t have any in my car! Keep us updated!

I was intrigued by the saurkraut on your salad! I love saurkraut but have only had it with brats or meat like that. I’ll have to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

26 Liz October 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

We have a city wide 5 cent charge for all bags. I don’t like it because I reuse plastic grocery bags for garbage and buying a pack of small garbage bags works out to about 5 cents a bag anyway

27 suzanne October 15, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Where i live most stores charge .05 cents for each bag you use. I try to remember to take my own ๐Ÿ˜‰
Glad Maddie is better!

28 Lindsay October 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Maddie is so cute! I sort of think my dogs would love snuggies! They are obsessed with being cuddled up in blankets.

I don’t think I’m all for the ban on bags. I’m all for using reusable bags but I don’t think they should be required. So many people reuse plastic bags, I don’t think they are always a bad thing.

29 BethT @ Pretty By The Bay October 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm

San Francisco banned plastic bags last year. We are all the better for it. Retailers can still use paper bags which are recyclable. Even if you reuse a plastic bag, it still eventually goes to waste in a landfill.

Trust me, my life has not been impacted by using paper or reusable bags. The reusables cost like, $1.50 each and will last forever with no waste.

30 Meghann October 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

What kills me is the ban isn’t just on platic bags, they want to ban paper bags as well.

31 Meghann October 16, 2009 at 9:14 am

What kills me is the ban isn’t just on plastic bags, they want to ban paper bags as well.

32 BethT @ Pretty By The Bay October 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Oh, and for those who use plastic bags for dog poop, they make biodegradeable ones that you can throw away and feel OK about. I get mine at Walgreens.

33 Carolyn October 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm

There’s already a 5 cent cost for getting plastic bags in my city. It’s really not a big deal, I don’t know why people are up in arms. So yeah, I used to use them for little garbage bags – my life didn’t end just because my free supply dried up. It prevents unnecessary waste and makes me more careful with my garbage disposal (ie: not wasting bag space). Reusable bags are way more convenient in terms of strength and size, and for the odd time I forget a bag, then 5 cents doesn’t really break the bank (and gives me the so-called precious little garbage bag for the week). Really – why complain about this?? How do ya think we got groceries home in the olden days? It’s not as radical as people would like to make it seem.

34 Derek October 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Nobody gives enough credit to the snuggie, I love mine and it is way more than just a backwards robe. The dog snuggie is ridiculous though!

35 Katie October 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

A fellow blog loving friend of mine suggested your blog and today I added it to my Google reader! Someone sent me a link to the doggie snuggie website just today, very strange. Speaking of strange… “Balloon Boy”! After it was on the news in Colorado ALL DAY, I realized that I live about 3 blocks north of that family! So bizarre. As for the plastic bags… in many places in Europe they have charged people for them for awhile. I think it’s a good compromise- the cost would encourage people to bring their own but if you had to make an impromptu stop, you would have to pay a small fee for each plastic bad.

Anyway, sorry this was such a sporadic post! I will be reading!

Katie

36 Caz October 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm

haha those snuggies are ridiculous! Although I do admit I was totally on the “no snuggie” bandwagon with you, and was all “Wear your robe backwards!!!” until the boyfriend bought us some as a joke. They’re actually pretty awesome (ok and ridiculous) and way better/different than a backwards robe. Just saying.

Also, so on the re-usable bag bandwagon. I rarely get caught without mine (although I admit the boy is WAY worse) and the plastic ones we do collect we save, re-use as necessary and finally use as trash bin liners (as we have a large bin and don’t need the black garbage bags, just small bin liners for inside.)

37 Leah October 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I love the idea of the bag ban but… I don’t know. It doesn’t seem very fair or something? I use reusable bags mostly and I would be pissed if I got charged everytime I forgot one. And what if I wanted a couple extra bags for stuff around the house? Like lining little trash cans or something? I don’t know. I am mixed about it.

38 Tay October 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

I really want to try that pizza – been on the lookout! It sounds fabulous.

A friend was over the other day with his snuggie, and honestly I was unimpressed. I thought it at least zipped, but nope! It was exactly like a backwards robe!

39 chasingthenow October 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

Ugh. I hate snuggies. The commerical is so annoying and I got so tired of seeing it over and over and over when I lived back in the states. The idea seems so dumb to me. Use a blanket, or as you said, put your robe on backwards.

40 erika October 16, 2009 at 12:27 am

A few years ago, our grocery store got rid of plastic. Paper is still an option, or you can buy cloth at cost. I think they are about 50 cents a bag. I think it’s a great idea. Even though there are def times I’d have to use paper or buy a cloth bag…

41 erika October 16, 2009 at 12:31 am

And one more thing… cloth is awesome, you can fit so much more and they are a lot easier to carry. I thought it would be a pain at first, but now i’ll never go back…

42 One Healthy Apple October 16, 2009 at 12:39 am

I think it’s a great idea- San Francisco has banned plastic bags a while ago and they are working on banning them in general (unless they already did). I can’t believe the items they sell for doggies- so cute!

43 Lizzy October 16, 2009 at 1:00 am

I think the ban of bags wouldnt be a bad idea. At my local Kroger, they have a huge bin that you can dispose your plastic bags. i think reusable bags should be more prominent!

http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

44 risrocksout October 16, 2009 at 1:08 am

In my city they tried to institute the bag tax but were met wit a surprising amount of resistance – I think it’s a great idea but I understand there are multiple sides to the issue, and was somewhat disheartened to learn that producing 1 reusable bag has the energy/waste equivalent of 300 disposable ones, a kind of sobering reality.
Personally, I always bring reusable bags because the store is a mile away and I walk, so I need to make sure I have something sturdy!! the fact that they enter you in a gift card raffle every time you bring your own bags doesn’t hurt, either!
…. love the snuggie too, the guys on my floor last year wore them out for halloween!! (the people ones, not the dog ones, that would have been even more hilarious though….)

45 J @ Whole Body Love October 16, 2009 at 1:33 am

I want a human Snuggie! I am already freezing and it’s only October. I wish Ohio would pass a bag ban. I think it’s something that needs to happen. I keep my own cloth bags in my car. Bringing your own bags is much more easy than most people think.

46 JuicyJessy October 16, 2009 at 2:19 am

I live in Belgium and in most stores you can’t even buy a disposable plastic bac anymore, in other stores, it’s made of some kind of corn substance, so it ‘s completely biological

47 Diana October 16, 2009 at 2:38 am

That pizza looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚

48 peaceloverunning October 16, 2009 at 3:05 am

haha i saw the puppy snuggies on tv. i was like whaaat!? and i like the idea of banning disposable bags.

49 Susan October 16, 2009 at 5:13 am

love the idea to ban disp. bags!!! in czech republic, they make us pay 5 cents per bag if we decide to purchase one. it’s a great motivator to bring your own!!

50 trinichiqn October 16, 2009 at 5:53 am

I keep a couple reusable bags in the trunk of my car.

51 angieinatlanta October 16, 2009 at 6:06 am

Mmmm…that dinner looks yummy! But then again, when doesn’t pizza look yummy to me!?

52 Bridget October 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

Wow! I can’t wait to try that pizza when I come stateside for winter break!! I hope that someone from Kashi is reading and they take the plantain comment heart–I LOVE them too! Plantains, artichokes (the fresh whole ones–I can find marinated hearts), and butternut squash are not available here. (Or, at least not in my town). I guess that pumpkin year-round makes up for it…almost. Pumpkin here is green and uncarvable for Halloween, but delicious for a myriad of recipes.

The action shot of Maddie is great!

Bringing your own bags to the market is a great idea. A lot of the Japanese do; I do usually. Here, I have never seen paper in a grocery store–only plastic. That’s motivations enough….

In England this summer, I always forgot to bring a bag (wasn’t at home, so it slipped my mind). Plastic bags at some stores ranged from 1 penny to 5 pence (10 pence at charity shops).

53 Sammi October 16, 2009 at 7:28 am

hahahaha I laughed so hard when I saw those snuggies! what a weird product lol. that pizza looks so good. I probably shouldn’t be craving pizza at 7:22am. oh well.
My sister totally started freaking out when she saw the balloon boy thing on the news. She started screaming my name and going on about the family being on wife swap. I was just like… yeah sorry i never saw that one…. lol.
I try to bring in reusable bags when I go grocery shopping (or to CVS which I do way too much) but I always forget when I go to other types of stores. The law wouldn’t really have an impact on me (since I live in virginia) except for when I go to visit family that I have in Orlando.
I do have mixed feelings about it though for the same reason that you stated.

54 Susan October 16, 2009 at 7:40 am

A lot of our local grocery stores charge 5 cents for plastic bags. I always used canvas because it’s easier to carry anyways, so it hasn’t really affected me much. It just sucks when I forget them and get hassled about it. Oh, and stores keep giving me canvas bags for free. They’re slowly taking over my closet – I think I have 20 now? It’s overkill!!!

55 Julie October 16, 2009 at 7:44 am

I like the ban. I love my reusable bags and I’m baffled when I see people still using paper and plastic. It’s such a waste, and you can fit so much more in reusable bags without fear of them breaking.

56 runningaroundnormal October 16, 2009 at 7:47 am

That pizza’s great, but it does need more plantains! I think that’s a great idea for a bag ban. Giving the people a 5 year period to phase them out and help them get used to it would be very helpful!

57 Matt October 16, 2009 at 8:19 am

Thanks for the heads up on the Kashi Pizza. Next time they are on sale I will pick one up!

58 Amy October 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

Hey, Meghann! As always, great post ๐Ÿ™‚ I was especially intrigued with the idea of a legislative ban on plastic bags. Personally, I LOVE(!) reusable bags (because it makes me feel like I am being “environmentally friendly”– and honestly, they are better quality and they hold more!!)– but I think I might be wary of passing a law to ban plastic bags. My husband and I reuse some of our plastic bags at home to line trash cans and dispose of (eh-hem) used kitty litter (although if the tax comes through to OH, I am definitely interested in checking out the “biodegradeable bags mentioned above!)

Also– to comment on the idea of rewarding reusable bag use: at least where I live, Trader Joe’s rewards customers who bring in reusable bags by entering them in a lottery to win ~$100 to use in store. That’s my kind of incentive, as I love TJ’s– I wish more store would do this ๐Ÿ™‚

59 Anne P October 16, 2009 at 8:42 am

I don’t think they should be totally banned or phased out, but I think a small fee would be a good idea. I remember back in 2003 when I went to Taiwan, and they were doing that there. Its great, because you can still easily get a plastic bag if you need one (I mean it’s only 5 cents or whatever), but it just encourages people to be a little more mindful.

60 megan October 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

I know I”m late on this post, but I just saw it and wanted to comment.

I think reusable bags are a good idea. But passing legislation? That seems a bit much. I agree with what you said about getting our choices taken away. I want the freedom to make a choice, even if it is the wrong one. That is what America is about. I agree that reusable is the way to go, but I should be able to make that choice for myself.

61 tlconrad October 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hey there! So, in Pittsburgh we have this radio station that absolutely KILLS me every morning. Mikey and Big Bob are obsessed with Snuggies and they even made a rap video with them

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1900857

it is too much! That is the main reason I NEED a snuggie. My husband thinks I am a weirdo because I must have this peice of fleece and I am going to buy a pink one next time I am at walmart. Hahaha. Anywho, watch the video its pretty delicous. Hahaha. Caitlin may know them as she went to Pitt? These guys even did a bar crawl in Pittsburgh where you had to wear a snuggie.

Also, I think the tax for plastic bags would be good. We were recently on vacation in the outter banks and I did not see any store that gave plastic. Everyone gave paper or had those reusable bags.

TLC

http://toniconrad.wordpress.com

62 Panchito October 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

P to the S: it’s “supposeD to”…not “suppose to”….

63 Lauren October 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

I saw those Snuggies yesterday at Bed, Bath & Beyond! Crazy. We also followed the boy and balloon story here at work. It’s interesting how live MSNBC TV on the computer brings everyone together into one cube!

64 Luisa October 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I’m in favor of the ban idea in concept, and totally for reusable bags. It seems like the corporate grocers should be fined for offering plastic bags, though. Why can they still have them in stock in case we forget ours? It seems like that would still be wasteful. I’m don’t know all the details of the plan, though, so could just be misunderstanding. I just hate when consumers are expected to bear all the burden of a change–even though I think this is an important change that should be made.

65 Rachel (Parker) Morgan October 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

You’ve been abroad, so you know how it is there (I’m assuming). Stores charge for plastic bags. As do some grocers here in the states. I don’t think a law is a good solution because it’s one more rule to follow and I hate tedious rules. It would be nice if stores, like publix, didn’t throw plastic bags at you without a second thought. I HATE getting 1 item in a bag. I don’t care if my tampons are with my pasta. If every store charged you for your plastic bags, customers might think twice about remembering their reusable bags. Besides, the reusables hold more food and are easier to carry.

66 Tyler October 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm

i’m a little late, but i just wanted to say that i think the idea of a state wide ban of disposable bags is great! i’m bad about remembering to bring my reusable bags to Publix, but there is one organic grocery store i go to that does not have disposable bags and i am much more likely to remember my own bag when i go there. i actually think that a five year phase out seems like a really long time! i would think that people would get the hang of it after a year…

lucisa- i’m pretty sure that the grocers are only offering bags during the phase out before the actual ban.

67 bad carbohydrates October 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Those pizza looks great and go green for environment and earth.

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