Summerland is fortunate to have two high quality, progressive grocery stores, and now is an excellent time for them to change their policies regarding plastic grocery bags.
The recent change to our recycling regulations means that grocery bags can no longer go into blue bags for recycling.
This means that most of them will wind up in the landfill, or else blow around the countryside.
Many other grocery stores have opted to charge a small fee for each plastic bag, or else provide a small rebate each time a customer comes brings re-usable cloth bags.
A good number of us have already switched to cloth bags, and a small charge (or rebate) will accelerate that switch.
I think of plastic grocery bags as relics of a past era of mindless, disposable consumerism.
We are into a more thoughtful era now, and it is high time that plastic grocery bags become the exception rather than the rule.
I urge our two fine grocery stores to adopt policies that discourage the use of these wasteful plastic anachronisms.