Trash Talk

Paper or plastic? Have you noticed that as the person asking this question begins to bag your groceries, he or she is already reaching for one of those flimsy plastic bags before you even have a chance to answer? Most of them never even stop to consider that you may have brought your very own reusable bag. Part of the reason for the push to plastic by grocery store chains is that paper grocery bags come at a greater cost to retailers than their plastic counterparts.

With Earth Day quickly approaching, Whole Foods is doing their part to keep millions of plastic bags out of our landfills. It is predicted that this eco-friendly action by Whole Foods will keep nearly 100 million plastic bags out of our environment between Earth Day on April 22 and the end of this year. That is an incredible positive impact for our environment. Just imagine if other grocery store chains followed their lead.

Now if you don’t have your own reusable shopping bags, then there are other options for you at Whole Foods. They will continue to offer their shoppers, at no charge, four different sizes of paper bags which are made from 100% recycled paper. There is also the option of purchasing one of their reusable bags for 99 cents. These reusable bags are 80% constructed from recycled plastic bottles. Whole Foods will also offer canvas bags ranging in price from $6.99 to $35.00.

Think about this the next time you are asked whether you prefer paper or plastic. It is estimated by the environmental research group, Worldwatch that in the United States alone we throw away approximately 100 billion plastic bags per year! They also say that it takes over 1,000 years for a single non-recyclable plastic bag to disintegrate in a landfill. Please just say no to plastic. If you’ve not yet committed to reusable bags, then at least opt for paper. This pretty simple earth friendly action on your part can payoff in big dividends for our earth.