Whole Foods Sacks Plastic Bags

It's back to paper in all 270 stores in the chain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 10:51 AM CST
Shoppers filter in and out of the Whole Foods Market on the east side of Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After Earth Day on April 22, customers at any of Whole Foods' 270 stores will be taking home their groceries in a paper bag—unless they bring their own bag, reports the Austin American Statesman's Business Blog. The chain, concerned about the environment, is phasing out plastic bags. Experts say it's a bold move, but one that others may follow.

Billions of plastic bags are thrown away every year and restrictions on their use are growing. Whole Foods executives say the chain-wide move has had a trial run since San Francisco banned the bags. “It was paper for many, many years. It’s not really a hardship," said one executive.