Great news! On Tuesday Whole Foods announced it will completely do away with plastic bags at its 250+ stores by Earth Day. The store will encourage folks to bring in their own reusable bags and will still make recyclable paper bags available upon request. According to the Nevada Conservation League, Americans throw away 100 million plastic bags a year. And according to the Sierra Club, only 1% of all plastic bags get recycled.
Need suggestions on some functional, awesome bags? Say no more:
- I have three Greenfeet bags and they are great. The thin yet sturdy vinyl collapses into an easy to carry pouch that can clip on your purse or belt.
- You can also help out your favorite cause(s) by purchasing canvas bags that help those orgs, since many are offering them these days. I like the Body Shop’s canvas bag that gives money to domestic violence prevention programs.
- The World Food Programme “Feed” bag is not only reusable, but the cost of the bag feeds a child in school for one year in the program.
- And there’s a bunch of great ones in this post by She’s A Betty.
- And if all else fails, you can always do what I first did when I stopped using plastic bags — just use an old tote bag (that’s mine in the picture above).