START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Whole Foods outlaws plastic bags

Whole Foods outlaws plastic bags
JANUARY 24, 2008”Paper or plastic?” The clerks at Whole Foods will cease asking shoppers that question as they discontinue the use of disposable, plastic bags at all 270 stores worldwide by Earth Day 2008 (April 22).

The move is expected to save about 100 million plastic bags in 2008 alone, according to a company statement.

“Bring your own bag, save your own planet,” the graphic on the Whole Foods web site says, highlighting the company’s commitment to greener alternatives.

“Central to Whole Foods Market’s core values is caring for our communities and the environment, and this includes adopting wise environmental practices,” A.C. Gallo, co-president and chief operating officer for Whole Foods Market, said in a company press release. “Together with our shoppers, our gift to the planet this Earth Day will be reducing our environmental impact as we estimate we will keep 100 million new plastic grocery bags out of our environment between Earth Day and the end of this year alone.”

Whole Foods becomes the first U.S. supermarket to commit to eliminating the use of plastic bags. To celebrate the announcement, Whole Foods declared January 22 “Bring your own Bag Day” and gave out 50,000 reusable shopping bags.

Effective immediately, Whole Foods will begin using up the plastic bags it has in stock while raising consumer awareness of the hazards of plastic bags.

“Doing away with plastic grocery bags won’t just help protect marine life, it’s a key move in shifting us away from a ‘consume-and-dispose’ mentality,” Lisa Mastny, editor of the Worldwatch Institute report Oceans in Peril, said in a press statement. “Disposable plastic bags can linger in the environment for more than 1,000 years and are the major debris item found on the seabed, especially near the coast.”

While paper bags will continue to be available to consumers who don’t bring their own, these bags are made of 100 percent recycled material.

Read more: Home, Green Kitchen Tips, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, , , ,

By Care2 editorial staff

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


+ add your own
10:52AM PDT on May 9, 2013


4:49AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Of course stores like this are more expensive. Organic food is more expensive. But very worth it!

Melissa, are you saying you think organic food is a bad thing? Eating organic lessens the chances of getting cancer and other serious diseases as well as being much better for the environment. Every store should be strictly organic!

7:49PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Of course, punish everyone because others won't reuse and recycle. I can honestly say none of my bags ever ends up stuck on a tree branch. Bad apples ruin everything.

3:33AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


4:11PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

thanks for sharing.

11:05AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

That's stupid, but hey, it's their dumb store, not mine. I can't feel bad for them because they have rediculous prices and only organic food.

10:58AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Awesome. It would be better if their store weren't so expensive.

5:58AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thank goodness. I hate plastic bags. They are a scourge on our enviroment.

10:44PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

thanks for the info

3:11PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Good! plastic bags needs to be banned everywhere they are such a destructive polluant BYOB

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

You can grow your own cilantro in many parts of the US rather easily.

It isn't easy but necessary. I eat too much "probably" unhealthy yogurt and not sure how the cows a…

Delightful story, amazing how different species can be so attuned to other species in distress!! If …

I try to do these things but can't say I accomplish them all every day.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.