Plastic Bags are Back at San Francisco’s Lucky Supermarkets? Yep

You know me, I’m a regular Eli Whitney on a lawn mower and I love my French fries, so imagine my shock when my weekly potaters from the Lucky Super got wrapped in a plastic shopping bag yesterday.

So let’s see here, San Francsico’s “new” Lucky started off a few years back with red and white shopping bags (oh no! Ed Jew! – yes, he was there that day, along with the undercover Federales who were stalking him at the time) that fell apart easily, then, I don’t know, they had paper bags, then paper bags with handles, then paper bags without handles recently, and now this:

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They’re free. They’re built to last. They have a Halloween theme. What more could you ask for?

How about a commercial for “Got Your Bags?” These bags also have that. 

You know me, I’m a firestarter, a twisted firestarter, so I like the convenience of having a ready supply of paper bags to use as accelerants when I’m arsoning parked cars. But if this is the future of shopping bags, I can live with it.

These things should last a long time and be very easy to pack up for reuse.

So, hurray for the new bags, I guess. At least they don’t fall apart with a quickness the way the older plastic bags did.  

Read all about it, after the jump.

“Got Your Bags?” Campaign Kicks Off in San Jose: Statewide effort to promote reusable shopping bags and increase plastic bag recycling.
 
Today non-profit, government and business groups joined together to kick off the “Got Your Bags?” campaign – a public education and outreach effort aimed at encouraging Californians to use reusable bags for shopping and bring plastic bags back to the store for recycling.
California state law (AB 2449) requires grocery stores and pharmacies with more than 10,000 square feet of retail space to provide bins for the collection and recycling of plastic shopping bags. Yet research shows that consumer awareness remains low, and shoppers often forget to bring their bags back to the store. The same holds true for reusable bags.

“Our goal with this campaign is to give consumers that extra reminder so they translate good intentions into action,” said Christine Flowers-Ewing, Executive Director of Keep California Beautiful. “We all play an important role in trimming trash, stopping litter and helping to make California the most beautiful and cleanest state in the nation!”

In San Jose, the “Got Your Bags?” campaign is working to bring together a coalition of partners that will help spread the important environmental messages in a number of creative ways. For example, Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets are promoting the campaign at hundreds of stores throughout the Bay Area and Northern California, and this weekend will give away up to 80,000 reusable bags in their Santa Clara county stores.

“Our company and our stores work hard at educating our customers to reduce waste by using reusable bags and recycling their single-use plastic bags in our stores,” said Alicia Rockwell, Director of Public Relations with Save Mart Supermarkets. “We all need to be reminded of the three ‘R’s’ and that is exactly what the ‘Got Your Bags?’ campaign is doing.”

State government has also joined the campaign efforts. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Keep California Beautiful and others on the “Got Your Bags?” initiative,” said Chris Peck, public affairs director with the California Integrated Waste Management Board. “Making the switch from single-use paper or plastic bags to reusable ones is a simple but important step we can all take to benefit the environment.”

The American Chemistry Council, which includes the Progressive Bag Affiliates– a group of leading manufacturers and recyclers of plastic bags and plastic resins in the United States – also are participating in the effort. “Plastic bags are too valuable to waste and should be recycled. We are delighted to work with Keep California Beautiful to help promote access to convenient recycling for San Jose residents,” said Tim Shestek, Senior Director of State Affairs with the American Chemistry Council.

The “Got Your Bags?” campaign originated as a grassroots effort with the Mariposa County Public Works Department (MCPWD) and the Mariposa County Unified School District, who worked together on a pilot stenciling project in local supermarket parking lots. MCPWD staff created the “Got Your Bags?” slogan and logo stencil design. The stencil painting was then incorporated into a lesson plan on recycling for summer school students.

To learn more about the “Got Your Bags?” campaign, visit www.keepcabeautiful.org, or call 916-368-9301.

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