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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on how various supermarket chains are focusing on shopping bags as a key component of their “greening” tactics. For example:

“In March, when San Francisco passed a measure to ban ‘check-out’ bags that are not compostable plastic, recyclable paper or reusable cloth, the bag issue moved to the forefront. Surprisingly to many, several local groceries already had bag programs in place.

“Kroger will give you 5 cents off your bill for every bag - plastic, paper or cloth – that you bring in and use to carry out your groceries.

“Bigg's recycles any plastic bags customers bring in and turns them into neighborhood benches.

“Remke Markets will begin in June to sell, at cost, 99-cent biodegradable cloth-like bags that can be reused.

“Wild Oats gives you the option of taking 5 cents off your bill for each bag you bring in and use or getting a wooden nickel for each bag, which can be donated at the door to a local charity.

“Trader Joe's has a monthly gift certificate drawing for those who re-use their bags.”
KC's View:
The consensus seems to be that switching from plastic to paper, or better yet, moving to reusable bags, is a simple way for customers to have an impact on the globe’s environmental health.

And we think it makes sense to find ways for customers to help move the needle on environmental health.