Friday, April 22, 2011

What’s all the hype with reusable shopping bags?


Dear Ida B. Green,

When I went shopping yesterday, the cashier gave me a reusable bag instead of the regular. I'm all for fewer plastic bags blowing in the wind but what can I use to clean up after my dog?

Signed,

Hounded

Dear Hounded,

Albertsons, Atkinsons' and King's joined the city of Hailey in a three-year project to decrease the amount of solid waste generated in our valley. In celebration of Earth Day, Hailey's three largest stores recently put away their plastic bags for the day and offered their first 1,000 customers a free reusable bag to start their shopping.

Single-use plastic bags are so thin that it's hard to imagine they constitute much of a problem, but their huge numbers represent a measurable part of our solid-waste stream. Significantly, they're one of the few packaging problems on which shoppers can have a direct impact. For instance, I wish I could have found latex gloves last week that were not packaged inside a plastic bag that was inside another plastic bag, wrapped in pasteboard, but you can bet your bottom dollar I didn't have to walk out of the store with another plastic bag to carry it in.

Celebrate Earth Day all year by bringing your own reusable shopping bags. And for your dog, how about buying a little more produce and giving those lighter bags a second use.

Keep it Green,

Ida

—Elizabeth Jeffrey




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