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letter to Wegman's

I am very pleased that you offer recycling bins for plastic bags. An estimated 100 billion bags are thrown away by U.S. consumers each year. The average American family of four throws away about 1,500 single-use polyethylene bags, which do not degrade for around 1,000 years. But less than 1% of those bags are actually recycled. Most of my friends aren't even aware of your recycling bin for plastic bags.

I hope you will take your conservation efforts further. Some groceries in my home state of California give small discounts for customers who bring their own tote bags, and cities and countries from Ireland to Australia and Rwanda have already banned the use of plastic bags. Last June, IKEA began charging its U.K. customers for plastic bags and reduced its bag consumption by 95 percent: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070221/us_nm/environment_usa_ikea_dc

IKEA is the first retailer to stop giving away free plastic bags in the U.S., and Wegman's could join at the forefront of this movement. Incentives and a campaign to use fewer plastic bags will ultimately save your money as well as our environment.


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Mar. 16th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh, this is awesome! I miss recycling now that I'm in NYC...

Now I'm considering making my roommate take a bunch of plastic bags back with her when she goes home to Rochester for Easter. :D
Mar. 16th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
Also, just saw this link about eco-friendly rockers!
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