No plastic bags for Basalt Whole Foods |

No plastic bags for Basalt Whole Foods

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” When Whole Foods Market opens a store in Basalt in 2010, one thing is certain about the supermarket ” it won’t provide disposable plastic bags.

The natural and organic foods grocer announced Tuesday it will stop using disposable plastic bags in its 270 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom by April 22, 2008, which is Earth Day.

Whole Foods plans to open a 44,000-square-foot market in Basalt’s Willits Town Center development. Groundbreaking will begin this spring. As it stands now, the store will open in early 2010, according to Whole Foods officials. New stores in the chain also will ban use of the bags.

The chain’s move will keep an estimated 100 million new plastic grocery bags out of the environment between Earth Day and the end of 2008. The company claims it is the first U.S. supermarket to commit to completely eliminate disposable grocery bags.

Whole Foods celebrated the move Tuesday by giving away 50,000 reusable shopping bags to customers of its markets. The chain also encourages customers to bring their own bags by offering a five- or 10-cent refund per bag at the checkout stand.

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