paper or your own bag

11 Apr

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!

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3 Responses to “paper or your own bag”

  1. hiddenart April 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Thanks for posting the video. It is quite impacting.
    amanda

  2. green4u April 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, great post about how one store can get that many bags from ending up in the landfill. Very cool.

    http://green4u.wordpress.com

  3. Candy April 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    I love bringing my own bag to the store. Vote for my design to be widely distributed by kroger!

    http://www.designagreenbag.com/vote-for-designs/bag.aspx?BagId=3041

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