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+.
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.