Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Price of Plastic Bags

San Francisco was among the first major cities to ban the use of plastic bags. And last year, Ikea became the first major retailer to address the plastic bag problem in our country. Ikea now charges its customers 5 cents to use plastic bags. It also sells reusable bags for 59 cents as an alternative to plastic bags.

All proceeds from the bag program are donated to American Forests, a non-profit whose goal is to plant 33,100 trees each year to offset carbon emissions produced by, uh, shoppers driving to and from Ikea stores.

From eco shopping bags, to event totes, to hipster messenger slings, there are now many stylish and affordable options for recycled, reusable, organic, and sustainable bags. We've experienced growing interest in non-plastic bags from the corporate branding leaders, and it's a welcome trend. In fact, they've become so popular some of our suppliers are selling out.

These may seem like small steps, but anything we can do to reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources is certainly worth the effort. If we each do our small part, collectively, we can make a major difference.

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