Getting on the Reusable Bag Bandwagon

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Last week, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco announced that, starting May 23, its vendors would dispense only bags that are fully compostable or recyclable. No more plastic bags.

Plastic bags are an environmental scourge, from the petroleum used in their production to the fact that most end up in a landfill.

Lots of consumers have already gotten that message. I started bringing reusable bags to the supermarket several years ago, after reading a story in SacMag about the horrors of plastic bags. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s and keep them in my car. When I forget to bring them into the store, I ask the checker to load my groceries into the cart after ringing them up, and I transfer my purchases to bags out in the parking lot.

Trader Joe’s sells reusable bags for $1.99. They’re practically indestructible.

Reusable bags. It’s a simple thing, but it’s important.