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Question of the Day: Do You B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag)?

Do you use reusable shopping bags?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each American uses 300 to 700 disposable plastic shopping bags a year, resulting in 100 billion annually.

These bags often end up as litter, polluting the highways and beaches, and harming wildlife.

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) released a report titled "B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bag): Reusable Bag Policies at Long Island Grocery Stores." CCE staff analyzed and evaluated reusable bag policies of 14 Long Island grocery store chains, which all sell the reusable bags.

Stores were graded on sale and promotion of reusable bags, signage within the store and in parking lots to remind consumers to bring bags, monetary incentives, educating employees and willingness to engage in consumer education on reusable bags. Whole Foods and Stop & Shop both received the highest grade, an A+.

Though the report did not include Garden City stores, all three Garden City village food markets – Kings, Key Food and Natural Market – sell the bags as well.

Tuesday's Question of the Day: Do you already bring your own bags when you go grocery shopping? What about when shopping for clothes and other goods? Tell us in the comments section below.

Douglas Lober July 19, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I make it a point to try to bring my bag everywhere that it may be required! However, I am only human and even I sometimes forget my reusable bag. This is why i support a .10 cent per bag cost should i forget mine. That $ .10 cents will help the grocer pay for the bag and will make me remember to bring mine even more. Thanks Douglas http://reusethisbag.com
Publius July 19, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Sometimes. But when I do get the plastic grocery bags, I reuse them as liners for wastebaskets, for corralling trash in the car, and keep them in the diaper bag for disposing of used diapers or segregating wet or dirty clothes. The points on the environmental triangle are reduce, reuse, recycle. If you make it a point to reuse these bags and dispose of them properly, they're not so bad.

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