Grocery Outlet on Leicester Highway welcomed us to their store so that we could dispense grocery bags on Monday. We greeted customers with a reusable canvas bag and encouraged them to bring the bag with them each time they shopped. The bags were received with many masked smiles and shoppers exited the store with their canvas bag filled to the brim with no single-use plastic bags in sight.
Switching to canvas bags for your groceries can have a huge impact on reducing our greenhouse gases and preventing pollution in our waterways. Plastic bags are made with fossil fuels: approximately 8% to 10% of our total oil supply goes to creating plastic and plastic bags account for an estimated 12 million barrels of oil per year in the U.S. Plastic bags are also strewn across our oceans: about 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean each year which hurts wildlife and damages our delicate marine ecosystems.
Thanks to Grocery Outlet for sharing their sidewalk and allowing us to give out reusable grocery bags. All of us can reduce plastic by remembering to bring our reusable bags each time we shop.