“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens, can change the world; indeed, it’s the only that ever does.”
Going food shopping? Take along non-disposable bags or re-use plastic or paper bags.
Legislation was passed in January, 2008 to encourage recycling plastic bags. Stores using plastic bags and occupying 5,000 or more square feet, or have more than five branches in New York City must have in-store receptacles where we can return our used plastic bags.
Americans use billions of plastic bags annually, about one billion of them in New York City. The production of plastic bags worldwide uses over 12 million barrels of oil per year, causing other negative environmental impacts. In March 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to pass a law banning plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets and large chain pharmacies. Making a small change from plastic to non-disposable bags would create a significant, positive effect that we could be proud of.
We can create the habit to switch to reusable bags when shopping. When you have unpacked your groceries, place the reusable bags back into you trunk for future shopping. If you had to use plastic bags, remember to bring them back to the store for recycling.
Shoprite is giving the following incentive:
Get back 5¢ for each Shoprite Earthwise or any non-disposable bag you re-use at Shoprite.
Get back 2¢ each time you re-use any paper or plastic bag at Shoprite.
Stop and Shop has in store reusable bags for purchase of 99¢.
Whole Foods is now offering free paper bags in four sizes made from 100% recycled paper; and reusable bags which are made 80% from recycled plastic bottles for 99 cents. Whole Foods is also encouraging consumers to bring their own bag with the incentive of 5 to 10 cents off their bill for each.
Ikea now charges customers who want a plastic bag.
Most warehouse stores do not give you plastic bags. You just take your cart to your car and unload. This would be another good reason to bring your own reusable bags or keep a few boxes in your trunk for these shopping trips.
This is a small, simple change to make and if many people make this a habit the effect will be great.
Before you know it you will feel guilty using a plastic bag. So Please…No More Plastic Bags….Please??