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In Charleston, South Carolina, the Post & Courier reports that the 17-store Earth Fare supermarket chain has decided to no longer offer plastic bags to shoppers, saying that from now on it will only offer paper bags, cardboard boxes or reusable tote bags.

"Every time someone doesn't use a plastic bag, it makes a difference in our environment," Earth Fare spokeswoman Dorothy Carlow said. "It takes them 500 to 1,000 years to degrade."

Whole Foods made a similar move two years ago.
KC's View:
Not sure that every supermarket chain can or even should make such a move at this point, but it is certainly consistent with Earth Fare’s strategic positioning to do so.

Being one of those people who is religious about bringing reusable bags into the supermarket, I certainly approve.