Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Whole Foods: "We Are Done Using Plastic Bags"

The Whole Foods grocery chain plans to stop offering customers plastic grocery bags, and instead use only recycled paper or reusable bags.

A rising number of governments and retailers are banning plastic bags, or discouraging their use, due to concerns about their environmental impact.

Whole Foods had previously tried to get customers to buy reusable bags, but the concept did not catch on until they began offering them for 99 cents.

Whole Foods officials estimate that the store currently distributes 150 million plastic bags a year.

Plastic bags are typically thrown away after one use, do not break down easily in the environment, fill landfills, and float into trees, rooftops, roadways and oceans.

Read More at Dr. Mercola

Some things you can do with plastic bags (when ironed they can make interesting craft material):

Plastic Bag Apron

Instructables Uses For Garbage Bag

One interesting comment at Dr. Mercola came from Loren L. Smith:

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind .....how can we ignore the reality that the real fakers are in Washington (who allow laws that limit solutions). Hemp is more practical and renewable than forests for paper. Hemp improves the soil rather than deplete it. Hemp is a superior source of vegetable protein. Hemp cloth lasts and looks better than cotton, uses less chemicals for cleaning and is better for the human body for health. Hemp seed oilis a wonderful salad oil....tastes better than fish oil, olive oil, or even coconut oil. We the people are supposed to be the government and they the bureaucrats the governed. We must retake our country or lose it. We will suffocate in our chemicals, drown in our plastic, and rot in our fungus.

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