Whole Foods gives plastic bags the boot

All right, I seldom can afford to do much shopping there (and the one closest to me is often too crowded to maintain the tranquil anti-grocery atmosphere that makes organic groceries so pleasant), but Whole Foods is doing something amazing: Eliminating plastic bags from its checkout lines by Earth Day, April 22.

That’s right, three more months to stock up on your beige Whole Foods sacks.

They say they’ll eliminate 100 million plastic bags through the end of the year.

Read all about it: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-01-21-whole-foods-bags_N.htm


3 thoughts on “Whole Foods gives plastic bags the boot

  1. susie says:

    The city of San Francisco banned plastic bags (except the compostable kind) at large chains (supermarkets already in effect, and pharmacies coming later on this year), and I can’t tell you how nice it is to get my groceries from Safeway in those great brown paper sacks with the handles. I wind up using ’em three or four more times before they get recycled.

    Still try to bring my own, but not even being offered plastic bags is so refreshing.

  2. mbjesq says:

    Carrying cloth bags is an easy, principled thing we can all do.

    In India, plastic bags are an even bigger environmental disaster, because so many people are in the habit of throwing their trash wherever they happen to be standing at the moment. So it’s pretty cool that a hot, young, Indian clothing designer has taken a fresh look at the cloth bag revolution by injecting high-fashion, ease-of-use, and distribution within the gift-economy.

    The story of her project, called Small Steps, is utterly inspiring. Read about it here.

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