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Co-op will charge for paper bags

Beginning Friday, April 22, the Davis Food Co-op will be charging 5¢ for each large handled paper bag used at check-out.

All monies collected for paper bags will be donated to Tree Davis. The Co-op will continue to offer a 5¢ credit for each reusable bag shoppers bring in and use to pack their groceries. To assist shoppers with this transition, the Co-op will provide a free reusable bag to every shopper on Earth Day, April 22, and again for every grocery purchase totaling $40 or more from April 23 through May 31.

The store, located at 620 G St., made the decision to begin charging for disposable bags in an effort to reduce its consumption of disposable paper bags by 85 percent by Earth Day 2012.

“Each week, DFC gives away 4,500 bags: 642 per day or 233,688 per year,” noted DFC General Manager Eric Stromberg. “A 15-year-old tree, made into paper grocery bags, yields about 700 bags. So, about one tree per day dies for our shoppers’ convenience.” Other co-ops and independent grocers nationwide have reported that implementing a fee for disposable bags has yielded measurable reductions in disposable bag consumption.

For more information, call the Co-op at (530) 758-2667.

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  • AlApril 14, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Yet another reason, in addition to better quality, selection, service, and prices, to shop at Nugget.

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  • DaveApril 14, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    yet another reason to start an online Flame War.

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  • MoApril 14, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    I think this transition plan sounds great! I am a shopper who owns a few resusable bags, but frequently forgets to bring them. However, I regularly buy more than $40 worth of groceries, so I'm sure to add a few more to my collection. And making the change on Earth day is totally appropriate.

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  • RosemaryApril 14, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Good for them! I think all grocery stores should charge for plastic and paper bags. Reusable bags are everywhere and inexpensive and just make sense.

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  • Rich RifkinApril 14, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    "So, about one tree per day dies for our shoppers’ convenience." The pulp product used to make paper bags comes from trees which were planted just for that purpose. Cutting down one of these trees is no different than harvesting sugar cane or any row crop. That said, the best science on the topic suggests that plastic grocery bags do less environmentla harm than paper bags. See this study from Hong Kong: http://www.asd.polyu.edu.hk/lab/upload/Conference_Papers/2009_An%20Exploratory%20Comparative%20Study%20on%20Eco-Impact%20of%20Paper%20and%20Plastic%20Bags.PDF "Good for them! I think all grocery stores should charge for plastic and paper bags." All stores should have the right to decide their own policies.

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  • RichApril 14, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    i think we already pay for paper and plastic bags and it is reflected in the cost of the products we buy, but maybe I'm missing something here?

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