No doubt you have heard about the devastating impact that plastic is having on our environment. Much of the plastic created is used once, and then remains in landfills and oceans for up to 1000 years. As a grocery retailer, we share in the responsibility of contributing to some of the plastic contamination, especially in the form of plastic shopping bags. Some states and towns have voted to ban plastic bags – Milton has enacted a plastic bag ban that will begin in September, and Hingham looks to enact a ban in November. Also, Massachusetts is considering at a state-wide plastic bag ban.
Being concerned about the environment, and making every effort to improve our community, we have eliminated single-use plastic shopping bags at our stores. We encourage you to begin using reusable bags. Bring any bag from home that you enjoy using, or you can purchase a reusable bag here at the Fruit Center.
We will have handled paper bags available at our checkout. There will be a 5-cent charge for our handled paper bag. This fee is in place to encourage reusable bag use and to fund our charitable giving program.
If you’d like to learn more about plastic and it’s effects on the environment we recommend visiting:
TIPS FOR REMEMBERING YOUR REUSABLE BAGS
1. Have a large selection of reusable bags available.
2. Stash them in your car, your most used handbag, or right by your front door.
3. After you unpack your shopping PUT YOUR BAGS BACK in the same location.
4. Always write “BAGS” at the top of your shopping list.
5. Get your kids involved. Have them gather up your “special bags” right before your shopping trip.
WHY PAPER BAGS ARE NOT A BETTER OPTION
We will have paper handle bags available after May 1, but you should know that paper is not the “next best option”.
In fact, it is commonly argued that paper bags are worse plastic bags. Americans use about 10 billion paper bags per year, which requires the cutting down of 14 million trees. Shockingly, four times the amount of energy is used to manufacture paper vs. plastic bags, and 98% more energy is used to recycle paper vs. plastic bags. Also, paper bags generate 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollution than plastic bags.