It's a decision you make every time you go grocery shopping -- paper or plastic.
Now, there is a new "greener" option at some area stores. News 11's Chris Vickers has this EcoTrack 11 report.
Local stores Kroger and The Andersons are making an environmental difference by offering customers these reusable shopping bags instead of the more common plastic bags. Sharon Haeflinger, speciality food buyer for The Andersons, says she got the idea while on a recent trip to California. "We've seen these," she says, "We travel to both coasts quite a bit in search of good food products, and we saw many retailers using these. So we brought the idea back."
Amy Barlow, assistant advertising manager for Kroger, says they just couldn't ignore the impact throwing away plastic bags has on the environment. "Some studies show that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year and only 2% of those are being recycled."
The bags are better for the environment. Haeflinger explains, "We save three to four plastic bags every time you use one of the bags."
They're also convenient. Barlow tells us, "Leave them in your car, and bring them in when you grocery shop. We fill them up with your groceries, and you just keep bringing them back. Then you're not using plastic bags."
At some places, like The Andersons, you can put extra jingle in your pocket for going green. 'When you use this bag at our store, we'll take 10 cents off of each bag you fill up. So 10 cents off your purchase per bag," Haeflinger says.
But the biggest reason for the change is simple. The overall program just makes sense for the consumer because we're saving today for our tomorrow.
You can find much more on the EcoTrack 11 section of our web site.