Last week, my family and I visited relatives in California and discovered that residents have spurned the traditional plastic grocery bag.
Instead, shoppers are expected to supply their own bags as a way of being good stewards of the environment.
Most grocery stores in Menlo Park, Calif., namely Safeway, now charge 10 cents for each paper bag, should you forget to bring your own.
Locally, Aldi in Springettsbury Township charges for shopping bags, whether they be plastic, paper or insulated.
I understand that it’s important to recycle, but charging for a bag seems a bit over the top.
Don’t get me wrong, I fill my recycling bin every week with cardboard, newspapers and plastic bottles. I’m trying to do my part.
But, I don’t think I should get called out on the checkout line just because I forgot to grab a cloth bag before leaving the house.
What are your thoughts? Do you