On Earth Day, April 22, we launched our reusable bag initiative by eliminating single-use paper and plastic bags at our registers.
About the Change
We’re taking this step as part of our continued commitment to protect our environment, by both eliminating waste and reducing our negative impact on climate change. Information for the best bag options came from a comprehensive study by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food.* More information on the decision is on our blog, here.
Our general manager, Ruffin, says, “This is an opportunity for us to make a meaningful difference in our community through collective action. We recognize that bold steps are needed to address climate change, and this is one way we can work together with our customers to make a real impact and reduce the pollution caused by single-use bags.”
A typical Weaver Street shopper uses about 150 bags each year, meaning we’ll eliminate the use of more than one million single-use bags each year. During 2018, Weaver Street customers used 601,000 plastic bags, 509,000 paper bags, and 390,000 reusable bags.
Your Bag Options
Customers who do not carry their own bag will have the option to purchase a reusable “Weaver Bag” for 99 cents or an insulated bag for $1.99, or to use a “Bring it Back Sack” made of heavy-duty recycled plastic sturdy enough to be re-used up to 125 times. New sacks can be purchased for 15 cents, or customers can pick up a free sack from a stash of returned bags.
We’re the first grocer in North Carolina to eliminate all single-use shopping bags. We’re excited to take this step with our customers.
*Life Assessment of Grocery Carrier Bags, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, February 2018