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For immediate release:
Thursday, August 5, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Maureen Dolan Murphy, Executive Programs Manager, 516-390-7150, 516-375-5425 (mobile), mmurphy@citizenscampaign.org

CCE RELEASES FIRST LONG ISLAND GROCERY STORE REPORT CARD ON STORES' REUSABLE BAG POLICIES

With Grades Ranging from A+ to F, CCE is calling on grocery stores to do their part to “Go Green” and protect our environment!

Image: Chart featuring the BYOB report grades.

Farmingdale, NY — CCE releases the first “B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bag): Reusable Bag Policies at Long Island Grocery Stores” report. CCE staff analyzed and evaluated reusable bag policies of fourteen Long Island grocery store chains. Grades range from A+ to F. Topping the list is Whole Foods and Stop and Shop both receiving an A+, while Trader Joes, King Kullen, and Uncle Giuseppes only achieved a grade of F. Stores were graded on sale and promotion of reusable bags, signage within the store and in parking lots to remind consumers to bring bags, monetary incentives, educating employees, and on their willingness to engage in consumer education on reusable bags.

“Grocery stores have helped create the problem of disposable bags and now we need them to help solve this problem,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, “We hope all stores use this report as an opportunity to implement policies that encourage consumers to make the switch to reusable bags. We believe that a partnership of massive public education can be significantly effective in reducing plastic and disposable bag use.”

The Report is designed to educate both businesses and the public on the dangers of using disposable bags, which litter beaches, parks, highways, playgrounds and landscapes, as well as result in clogging storm drains, polluting our oceans, bays, and estuaries, and kill wildlife.

“The report highlights grocery stores that are engaging in positive efforts to incentivize consumers to use reusable bags, which are better for our environment. Our goal is for the public to become more educated on these dangers and make the necessary switch to sturdy, reusable bags.” Maureen Dolan Murphy, Executive Programs Manager, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Highlights
Whole Foods Market offered the largest monetary incentive for bringing your own bag- a ten cent rebate per bag.
Stop and Shop was the only store that had extensive signage in parking lots and outside stores to remind shoppers to grab their bags from their car.
Walmart and Best Yet are the only stores that sell reusable bags for less than 99 cents.
All stores, with the exception of Trader Joe’s, support education programs that encourage consumers to increase usage of reusable bags over disposable bags.

“It has been ingrained into our minds since grade school – failing grades are unacceptable and means we need to do better. Simple policy changes by grocery store chains can have meaningful impacts on consumer behavior. We are looking forward to stores learning from each other and adopting more environmentally friendly reusable bag policies in the near future.” said Tara Bono, Program Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.


For a copy of the full report go to www.citizenscampaign.org which will be available Thursday 8/5 at 12 noon.
 

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by dcoppola  9/2/10