Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen reusable bags for sale at most grocery stores. Where you used to only see them for sale at health food stores and green grocers like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Trader Joes - now they are popping up at Publix, Target, and even Walmart. But why should you purchase a reusable bag?
1. Save oil and/or trees. In the US, about 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go to producing plastic and paper bags each year.
2. Help keep sea creatures safe. They're one of the 12 most commonly found items in coastal cleanups. 3. Remember the 3Rs - REDUCE litter. REUSE your bag. RECYCLE - Most of the bags are made of recycled and recyclable materials.
Leading the way to reduce their impact on the environment, Whole Foods Market has announced that they plan to eliminate all disposable plastic grocery bags from their stores by Earth Day - April 22, 2008. Whole Foods says it hopes customers will bring their own reusable bags when shopping, but they will provide 100% recycled paper bags when needed. Kudos to Whole Foods!