Phasing Out Plastic Bags at Legacy Greens
Plastic Bag Elimination Program
In an effort to do our part in reducing single use plastics, we have decided to eliminate plastic grocery and produce bags as an option while you shop at Legacy Greens. We would like to encourage you to bring your own reusable bags. If you forget your bags we will have paper bags available as an alternative, but there will now be a small charge for each bag used.
We will also be working on reducing plastic bags in the store where it is possible without sacrificing produce quality. This process will be phased in, and we'll be transitioning over the next few months to bulk bins and biodegradable packaging.
As a business, we feel that it is our responsibility to remove plastics as an option in order to encourage our customers to make greener choices. Here are some tips to help make this transition easier for everyone:
1) BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)
The best option is to invest in a few tote bags and produce bags that you can bring with you when you come to shop at Legacy Greens. There are tons of options out there including some by local artists and designers. You can even reuse plastic or paper bags that you have gotten from us or other shops - all bags are welcome here! Got big pockets? Those work great too!
2) Shop Loose ie. "Shop Naked"
We welcome you to grab those loose fruits and veggies, skip the bag, bring them to the counter and we’ll weigh them. Easy as that! Lemons, bananas, oranges… they already have a skin to protect them, so there’s no need for a bag! We sanitize the counter and scale after each customer and we recommend that you always wash your produce before using it, so skip the bags! (Mushrooms and brussel sprouts are obvious exceptions to this rule, this is where your own produce bags will come in handy.)
3) Paper Bags Only
For convenience, if you do need a bag, our paper bags will be available at an extra charge. $0.05 for small/medium, $0.10 for large. Did you know that paper bag production requires four times as much water than plastic bags? Yes, they do break down faster than plastic bags, but they aren’t necessarily a sustainable option. Please be mindful whether you really need that paper bag!
Summary: As of January 11th, we'll be phasing out plastic grocery bags and plastic convenience bags. Leading up to this date we encourage you to source reusable bags, or collect the paper or plastic ones you get from us in the meantime (for re-use). We look forward to reducing our carbon footprint with you!