PCC Natural Markets discontinues plastic shopping bags

Seattle, Wash., August 22, 2007 — PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will stop using plastic shopping bags on October 1. PCC will enhance its current program to encourage shoppers to reuse their own bags by offering its selection of reusable totes at cost, while continuing to provide paper bags at no charge.

According to Tracy Wolpert, CEO, "While this decision to eliminate plastic shopping bags will entail some additional cost, it's simply the right thing to do. We have studied the environmental impact of paper versus plastic and believe that paper is the more sustainable choice, while bag reuse is the best choice of all."

PCC has long incorporated sustainable practices in its operations, building practices and long-term mission. The elimination of plastic shopping bags is a major initiative, but PCC will continue to research other opportunities for incorporating sustainable packaging and supplies into the operation of its eight stores. It looks forward to encouraging other retailers, the City of Seattle, and Washington state to take action to reduce the burden on human and environmental health posed by plastic bags.

The city of San Francisco enacted a ban against plastic shopping bags in April. Several other cities, including Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, Oakland, Portland (OR), Santa Monica, and Steamboat Springs, are considering action to reduce or eliminate plastic shopping bags.

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $110 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates eight stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah neighborhoods of King County, Wash. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

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