My local Whole Foods recently started offering medium-sized paper bags in its produce section, accompanied by a sign suggesting that shoppers place their fruits and vegetables in paper, not the plastic bags ubiquitous in supermarkets (and still present at Whole Foods).
This seems a logical step for the company; it curtailed the use of plastic bags at checkout several years ago and offers shoppers a $0.10 credit for using their own bag.
In addition, Whole Foods (and a handful of other stores) takes back used—but clean—flexible plastic (bags, wrap, bubble wrap, etc.) for recycling, a great service since the majority of municipal recycling programs do not.
When I learned of this two years ago, I began warehousing my plastics for eventual return to Whole Foods. It was eye opening to witness how quickly the plastic accumulated: bags or wrap for fruits, vegetables, pasta, bread, sugar, chocolate chips, toilet paper and sponges, to name just a few. The list, unfortunately, seems endless.
Does anyone else return these plastics to accepting stores?