Carol Carter posted the other day about Seattle Bags Bags. No I didn’t stutter. The Seattle City Council voted to mandate a 20 cent tax on shopping bags used in grocery, convenience and drug stores starting January 1, 2009. We can pretty well assume that the retailers will pass that on to the customers. And while it remains to be seen, I would guess that other cities will follow that lead. It’s one of those things that won’t be particularly popular but is necessary to help Green up the cities.
Re-usable Cloth Shopping Bags have been around for many years. There was a time during the 1990’s that grocery stores sold them but they sort of lost popularity. I have a feeling they’re about to make a comeback – in Seattle at least. Kroger’s Quality Food Centers (QFC) in the Seattle area are selling these cloth bags for 99 cents.
These bags are light-weight but full sized shopping bags. They have vinyl bottom inserts to give the bag shape and strengthen the bag. They are lightly branded with the QFC logo at the bottom. Speaking of branding: It seems to me this is a branding opportunity in disguise. Companies can put their logo on a cloth bag, sell them, and get their name out in Green.
For a buck, these bags are an affordable deal since for Seattle shoppers, bags won’t be free much longer. Seattle shoppers can work them into the regular shopping trips and soon have an adequate collection of them. They can be ready for when the 20 cent per bag tax takes effect January 1st!