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The Buffalo News reports that “Tops Markets has joined other area grocery stores by introducing reusable shopping bags at all its stores. Like Wegmans, Save-A-Lot and others, Tops hopes to encourage the environmentally-friendly switch to its customers.

“The grocery bags cost 99 cents and were made available on Sunday.”

The story notes that there seems to be a small groundswell developing in certain communities that could lead to the banning of plastic bags, which will require retailers to come up with better and more environmentally friendly options.
KC's View:
I was in a food store the other day and decided to buy a couple of reusable canvas bags as part of my overall grocery purchase, figuring that not only was it a good thing to do, but it would even make me feel a little more virtuous. (I can use all the help I can get.)

But it was interesting … the bagger in the store looked at the bags, was completely confused, and then looked at me like I had three heads. ‘What do I do with these?” he asked.

A suggestion to all supermarkets that offer the canvas bags. Explain them to your people, and be specific about why this is a positive thing for the environment. Make them feel like they are part of something bigger and more important when they use the bags.

Because otherwise, it creates confusion at the checkout, and people like me go from feeling virtuous to feeling frustrated.