At a grocery store in Saratoga Springs, you won’t be hearing that famous question when you check out - Paper or plastic? If you go to The Healthy Living Market in the Wilton Mall, you won’t be hearing that question.

Healthy Living Market
Healthy Living Market - Google Street View

They are working to get people to use other containers for their groceries, like paper bags, cardboard boxes, and reusable tote bags which you can buy at the store. It’s an attempt to get rid of the plastic bags. According to the story from CBS 6 Albany, you can also get a discount for bringing in reusable bags. When you bring in a bag that you can reuse, The Healthy Living Market is offering a five cent discount.

For a long time, I have heard about how bad the plastic bags that are used by most grocery stores, or almost every store, can be. After I started to hear about how these bags can really not be such a good thing, I began to notice more of these bags littering many places. You can see them along side roads, blowing in the wind, landing in shrubbery in people’s yards, and some ending up in rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. Not to mention hearing about how they’re not really doing any good for our landfills. In a story from The San Diego Union-Tribune, last year, the state of California actually passed a bill banning the plastic bags.

Plastic Bags
Plastic Bags (Photo-Bro.Lou Roberts Collection)

That ban was put on hold, earlier this year. The trade group called the American Progressive Bag Alliance (or APBA) worked to get the plastic bag bill overturned by getting more than 504,000. According to the article in The Huffington Post, they succeeded to get the bill put on hold.

This bill also creates some problems for the manufactures of plastic bags. Unfortunately, this would put some of their employees out of work, which supports tens of thousands of families, also mentioned in the article. So we want to know how you feel. Take our poll about stores eliminating plastic bags all together.

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