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RE: [GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags
Ireland have just brought in a tenpence tax on plastic carrier bags.  The
childrens newsround story which I happened to catch showed the response
mainly from children who, on the whole, thought it an excellent idea.  We do
have in the UK a few stores now promoting a 'bag for life' the local farm
shop does a canvas bag, some supermarkets do really heavy duty reusable bags
which they cahrge for.  Our local community shop has a basket for people to
bring bags for reusing.  We must learn to take our shopping baskets out with
us!  We always had to in the not so distant past - I'm not that old!  Bad
habits are easily aquired and I think it's a really good thing to be stung
for a bag - after a few stings you will soon learn to at least stuff a few
in your coat pocket - I've been doing that for years.  
Nicky Scott
Devon Community Composting Network UK

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Lori & Jerry Stole [SMTP:stole@hevanet.com]
> Sent:	23 May 2002 07:51
> To:	Jim Jensen; greenyes@grrn.org
> Subject:	Re: [GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags
> 
> I lived for several years in Germany, and grocers in my little town did
> charge for bags. That didn't slow some folks down from simply buying bags
> everytime, but many brought their own containers. It was all heavy plastic
> bags; American-style paper bags were non-existent.
> 
> Lori Stole
> Portland, OR
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jim Jensen <jimzhook@yahoo.com>
> To: <greenyes@grrn.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 4:40 PM
> Subject: [GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags
> 
> 
> >
> >
> > Hi Eric:
> > I proposed this idea to a grocery chain in Washington as
> > part of the Wastebuster business waste reduction
> > demonstration project in 1992. They couldn't believe their
> > ears. They wouldn't even consider making the suggestion to
> > customers, so that we could test customer feedback. I had
> > heard that charging for bags is common in Europe (don't
> > know if that's true?), but as long as the competitor down
> > the street was giving bags away, they saw free bags as just
> > a cost of doing business.
> >
> > It makes sense to me that in a business with such small
> > margins that they wouldn't give away bags. Maybe they
> > wouldn't charge full price, but a penny or so, with a
> > give-back for people who bring their own to encourage
> > reuse. But competition and convention are powerful inertia.
> >
> >
> > Every once in a while, I would bring the idea up again in
> > conversation with other grocery managers, but they proved
> > quite stubborn on the issue.
> >
> > Good luck if you are getting some consideration of the idea
> > where you are.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jim Jensen
> > Seattle, WA
> >
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