Yesterday I purchased our first gallon of Shatto milk, and it’s almost gone! It’s DELICIOUS and it’s comething I can feel good about buying (organic, local, and packaged in glass that I can return to the store for reuse/recyling). Woohoo! While I was at the store today, I left a note in the suggestion box. I asked what it would take to stop offering/using plastic bags at checkout. Whole Foods is doing this very thing next week in honor of Earth Day. I realize there are probably lots of reasons stores use them, but honestly, we all need to be more responsible.
Maybe they could offer a discount on their reusable bags a few days a month, or give some out free to customers spending more than $10 or something. I’m not sure paper bags are much better than plastic—yes, they ultimately break down, but they still create more trash. Target is now selling reusable bags, as are most grocery stores here; so why do we still have the plastic ones at all? I think it is up to US, but stores could help push people in that direction. Consumers have a responsibility, but if they go to the store and there are no plastic bags, then maybe they’ll change their ways or realize, or at the very least be forced to consider other options.
What about you? Where you live, are stores (of any/all kinds) offering reusable bags? Is this becoming a trend? I do hope so. I see it here, but I’m not sure if it’s happening everywhere. It should be.
I also wrote the owner of Shatto Milk and thanked him for his efforts and all that he is doing for our planet, our people, and our cows. One person CAN make a difference.