Last month, our very own Wedge Natural Foods Co-op stopped offering free plastic bags at the register. Shoppers would have to pay 90 cents for reusable bags, if they don’t bring their own bags, or if they choose not to use paper bags, which are still available at the co-op for free. Green patches, which are given to customers who bring their own bags, are now worth ten cents a bag. Shoppers have the option of redeeming them with their purchase, or donating them to assigned organizations. I read that last year, the Wedge donated more than $7,300. That’s 147,000 fewer plastic bags going to the landfill. Wow!
According to Wedge General Manager Lindy Bannister, members have a lot to do with this change, as they have expressed one way or another that single-use grocery bags don’t line up with environmental-friendly practices expected from a co-op. Way to go, members!