No more plastic shopping bags
We at PCC have eliminated plastic shopping bags. Our goal is to encourage shoppers to bring their own bag, but we'll continue to offer paper bags.
Here are answers to some common questions about the decision to eliminate plastic shopping bags.
Q. When will you discontinue plastic bags?
We stopped using plastic shopping bags on October 1, 2007. We continue to offer plastic bags in the produce, bulk and meat departments.
Q. Why discontinue the plastic bags? I thought they were the good kind ...
Our current bags break down under the right conditions but they are not compostable and we learned recently that they cannot be recycled in our trade area. Additionally, they're a petroleum-based product and petroleum is not renewable. We're promoting options based on renewable resources.
Q. Aren't paper bags just as bad for the environment?
The manufacture and transport of both paper and plastic bags have environmental impacts. The production of paper bags may require more energy than plastic but fewer toxins are produced in the manufacture of paper. Paper also comes from a renewable source, is easily recycled, and is readily biodegradable (unlike plastic) and compostable. We believe paper is a more sustainable choice than plastic.
Q. Is paper the best choice then?
Reusing bags is the best choice of all. We encourage customers to bring their own bags and we offer a variety of tote bags at cost.
Q. What about other plastics and packaging at PCC?
Shopping bags are the first step. We're evaluating other packaging materials and seeking the best options.
Please contact us with other questions or comments. Thank you!
Diana Crane, Communications Manager
206-547-1222, ext. 106
Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs
206-547-1222, ext. 164