You almost had me at polypropylene tote bags

I was at Publix one early Sunday morning, cash in hand, w aiting to purchase three precious items needed to cure the aftermath of a late night at Splitsville (aspirin, bottled water and Cheetos), when the cashier asked me if I wanted a Publix totehuh?

I left Publix with my new tote that carried my three precious items and was told that from now on I would simply take my new tote along every time I went shopping at Publix and never again will I contribute to the growing issue of the overabundance, pollution and waste of plastic and paper bags.

Even though polypropylene tote bags are made from synthetic materials (mostly from crude oil), they are produced with much less toxins than the regular throw away plastic bags and are easier to recycle. Also, these grocery totes are water resistant, beating out the durability of a paper bag that can get wet and moldy.

Although my head was pounding and was in dire need of my precious items, I was simply over the moon to finally be part of this green wagon all of my friends have seemly jumped on. I reeled in delight of announcing to them that from now on, the cupboard under my kitchen sink will never again be crammed with plastic bags full of plastic bags.

Except that was the first and last time my new reusable shopping tote carried any of my shopping

What do I do now with the three dozen reusable polypropylene tote bags I now own?

Publix recommends keeping the tote in the driver’s side door or on the passenger seat. I tried this and discovered that leaving it on the passenger seat helped except when I had a passenger in the car I would move the tote to the back seat and well, “out of sight, out of mind.”

Yossi Benayoun Bags Hat

A hat trick from Yossi Benayoun got Israel’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign off to a promising sta rt as they defeated Malta in their Group F opener at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv.

The hosts were in front after just seven minutes of the contest when Lior Rafaelov raced down the left onto Dedi Ben Dayan’s through ball before angling a brilliant low ball back from the byline. The on rushing Israeli captain made no mistake tucking it home into the opposite corner with a well struck right footed effort from 15 yards.

They didn’t have it all their own way in the first period however and seven minutes before the interval, Malta pulled level with a shock equalizer. English born attacker Jamie Pace peeled off the back of the Israeli rearguard to head home off the upright from about eight yards past a hapless Dudu Aouate following a well delivered set piece from Roderick Briffa, to leave the sides level at the break.

After the interval Israel pressed looking to regain the lead and although the visitors managed to frustrate them for large periods, they gifted the home side an opportunity midway through the second half when Almog Cohen was felled inside the box by Malta substitute Andrew Cohen.

Benayoun stepped up and smashed the resulting spot kick low to the ‘keepers right, much to the relief of Luis Fernandez and the Israeli bench.

Ten minutes later the Chelsea man completed his hat trick with a close range header after Gent forward Shlomi Arbeitman had ended a neat jinking run with a well struck shot which the Maltese shot stopper could only deflect up in the air, allowing Benayoun to nod home five yards to seal the win.