According to the NYT, "The Whole Foods Market chain said Tuesday that it would stop offering plastic grocery bags, giving customers instead a choice between recycled paper or reusable bags." The change will come on April 22, Earth Day, when customers will cease to hear "paper or plastic" at check-out counters. The reusable bags will be sold for 99 cents.
We here at SI applaud Whole Foods for finally ditching the plastic bags and main-streaming reusable bags. And, although we probably can't give sole credit to one woman (although, being a feminist blog, we'd really like to), we also applaud Lauren Bush (yup, he's her uncle) for using her famous name and model status to push for a NYC "bill that would require supermarkets and other large retail stores to collect, transport and recycle the plastic carryout bags they give to customers." She has also been promoting "...the FEED Bag, a reusable cloth bag that costs $60 and enables the food program to feed a child for one full school year." Ms. Bush has been campaigning against plastic bags in front of NYC Whole Foods stores since last year. Might environmental and social awareness be a sex-linked trait in her family?