Friday, January 25, 2008

Paper or plastic?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Whole Foods will not be giving you that choice as of April 22, Earth Day. The Atlanta Business Chronicle explains why:

In a statement, Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFMI) said disposable plastic bags can linger in the environment for more than 1,000 years and are the major debris item found on the seabed -- especially near coastlines.

During the next three months, Whole Foods stores will reduce their plastic grocery bag stock while increasing availability of reusable bags for purchase.

The company has encouraged shoppers to BYOB -- bring your own bags -- for years, with a refund of a nickel or dime, varying by store, at checkouts. It sells reusable bags for 99 cents each.

Whole Foods said it tested the bags program in San Francisco, Toronto and Austin before deciding to implement it chain-wide. The company will continue offering recycled paper grocery bags.

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