Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bring your own bag

Safeway gave me $0.03 off my total because I brought my own grocery bag.

Sweden's IKEA will charge US customers five cents for disposable plastic shopping bags in what the international furniture giant said on Wednesday was a first step to ending their use altogether. IKEA said the decision to stop giving away free bags to customers aimed to reduce the estimated 100 billion bags thrown away by all US consumers each year.

From 2002: Shoppers in the Republic of Ireland are to be taxed on their use of plastic bags from Monday. A government order will force all outlets to charge their customers nine pence (15 cent) for each bag they use.

Paper or plastic? Not anymore in San Francisco. The city's Board of Supervisors approved groundbreaking legislation Tuesday to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and large chain pharmacies in about a year.


Andrew said...

I saw this when I was there a couple of weeks ago. The fact didn't surprise me, but the implementation sure did: they've got the bags positioned before the checkout counter, along with the more reusable blue bags they sell. You pick how many you want and put them on the belt like any other item.

Regarding Ikea bags, I'd been keeping an eye out for a reusable grocery shopping solution that was user friendly, easily cleaned, sturdy, and cheap so I wouldn't be angry if I lost it or left it somewhere. Ikea's big blue bags, though plastic, meet all of these criteria.

Raggamuffin said...

Just a reminder that the plastic bags are also recyclable in many areas (for those occasional bags when you forget your organic-unbleached-locally-made-hemp shopping bag at home) ;)