Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Yet Another Reason to Bring Your Own Bag To The Grocery Store

About 5 years ago, I spent a month in the UK and Ireland. What I found interesting in Ireland is that everyone I saw carried their own shopping bag, not just to the grocery store, but to any and every store. I forked over a couple Euros for some reusable spiffy Tesco shopping bags (that I still use to this day). Folks at my local Stop and Shop still try to give me those silly plastic carrier bags (despite the fact I have a collection of re-usable bags in my cart). I think most Americas would have a spaz attack if they had to pay 33c per bag each time they went to the storeHere is an article from the NY Times explaining why this turned out to be a good thing for Ireland-check it out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/world/europe/02bags.html?ref=business

2 comments:

On My Way said...

Job 2, for me, is checker in a local grocery store. We sell these great little reusable green bags. They are incredibly well built and they only cost 99 cents. When you bring them back and reuse them, we give a 5 cent credit per bag. Doesn't seem like much at first, but if you have several bags you reuse each week, it adds up. Plus they hold more groceries than the usual paper or plastic. Not to mention the environmental impact!

SavingDiva said...

I usually shop at Whole Foods. I bring my own bags because I get a $.10/bag credit...