It's "Bring Your Own Bag" day at Whole Foods today ... the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket giving tens of thousands of reusable shopping bags to consumers at checkouts this morning. It's all part of a move by Whole Foods to completely eliminate disposable plastic bags, which it says it aims to do by April 22, Earth Day, at all of its 270 stores.
"Central to Whole Foods Market's core values is caring for our communities and the environment, and this includes adopting wise environmental practices," said A.C. Gallo, co-president and chief operating officer for Whole Foods Market. "More and more cities and countries are beginning to place serious restrictions on single-use plastic shopping bags since they don't break down in our landfills, can harm nature by clogging waterways and endangering wildlife, and litter our roadsides. Together with our shoppers, our gift to the planet this Earth Day will be reducing our environmental impact as we estimate we will keep 100 million new plastic grocery bags out of our environment between Earth Day and the end of this year alone."
Whole Foods Market has encouraged consumers to bring their own bags for years by offering a refund of either a nickle or a dime at checkout. The Company also sells different types of reusable bags, ranging from canvas to its new large, stylish "A Better Bag" --which owes 80 percent of its content to recycled plastic bottles. Consumers can still choose 'paper', also an environmentally friendly option, as their paper grocery bags are made with 100 percent recycled fiber content. More information can be found at Wholefoodsmarket.com/byobag.