business news in context, analysis with attitude reports that as Kroger-owned Fred Meyer eliminates the use of plastic bags in its Portland, Oregon, stores, it is doing so with the form conviction that eventually it will be a chain-wide initiative.

“We're doing it because we felt like it was inevitable,” said Melinda Merrill, a spokeswoman for Fred Meyer, tells the website. “That's why we decided to get ahead of it.”

Merrill also notes that it is easier for a company to deal with one set of rules, as opposed to a patchwork of regulations. “If Seattle has a ban and Everett has a fee and Redmond has a different fee, it's really hard to implement," she says. "We would screw that up."
KC's View:
One of the things that I find interesting about the objections to canvas bags is that people say they can be unsanitary. Which always makes me wonder - don’t these folks do laundry?