By Lauren Neuschel
Native Foods Cafe
We’ve gone plastic bag-less! Chicago joins the list of cities to ban plastic grocery store bags and we couldn’t be more proud. The initiative was passed last week in a 36-10 vote and helps support Chicago’s goal to become one of the greenest cities in the country. Kudos to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for backing the proposal! Our environment owes you one, buddy!
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The ban doesn’t go into effect until August 2015, and only with grocery stores bigger than 10,000 square feet, but smaller franchisees and chains will join the initiative in the following year (independent grocers will not be affected). Any store that don’t follow this new regulation will face $300 to $500 in fines.
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As of now, Chicago uses 3.7 million plastic bags per day with a majority of those bags ending up in landfills, according to an article by Ecorazzi. While many retailers now face increased costs - paper bags are around 3 times more expensive than plastic ones- there’s no doubt that this initiative is a critical one on behalf of environmental protection.