Green Retail Alliance's efforts to encourage retailers and consumers to work together to reduce retail waste were highlighted in an article published today by Susan Bloom in the Daily Record newspaper. We are really happy with this coverage as it will help build awareness for our efforts to find common sense solutions that benefit retailers, consumers, and the planet.
This week Governor Jerry Brown signed signed bill SB270 making California the first state to ban grocery and convenience stores from packing purchased items in single-use plastic bags starting in mid-2015. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at retailers other than grocery and convenience stores. The law also permits retailers to charge a fee of 10 cents (or more) for paper bags.
Starbucks sells reusable BPA-free plastic cups for only $1.00 as part of their Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) program. Starbucks recognizes that every time a customer re-uses their cup, it keeps one more cup from ending up in a landfill. To make this sustainable behavior even more enticing, Starbucks will even wash your cup and take 10 cents off your coffee purchase.