Grocery stores love to give you bags and they insist on it even if you only bought 1 banana. I dont know why, but it must be somewhere in the training manual that every customer must get a bag, no ifs, and’s or buts! I had been thinking about this for a while when I came across an article titled “Secret Society of Plastic Bag Haters” somewhere. The author was at a roadside stand buying a few veggies when the woman running the business asked if she would mind combining her items into one plastic bag instead of 3 or 4. Now, isnt that something? What if the grocery store would do that? We could save millions of bags a year from going into landfills, AND save the store some money on bags. Which leads me to what brought on this thinking…
Last week, I went to the store to buy just a few vegetables and some juice. Thats it. While checking out, the bagger started putting them in 3 different bags. I said “I dont need a bag at all” and the bagger looked at me confused, and then went to help another cashier. Not 20 seconds later, another bagger came over and started putting the stuff in a bag. Again,I said “No, really, I dont need any bags, its only a few things”. So that bagger left as well. Crazy, right?
Now…if you buy some juice, a pepper and an onion…how many bags would you need to carry them out to your car? 3? 4? These big stores must go through thousands and thousands of paper and plastic bags every day, and I would guess that most of them end up in the trash. Why is that? Normally, I bring my own canvas bags to the store so I dont need any of their bags. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have incentives for you to bring your own reusable bags. What will it take for the big stores to do the same? Do they not A. care about the environment or B. want to save probably millions of dollars a year on their bag needs?
I just dont get it.
Now, what can we do about it? Ideas? Suggestions for a campaign, either local or nationwide? Please leave comments about what you think can be done and I will assemble them in a future post so we can possibly start something!