At grocery stores across the country, the campaign to end the use of plastic bags
has staked a claim on the checkout line. But in the produce department,
plastic still reigns supreme. A selection of apples, a bunchy of kale
dewy from the produce misters, or a pound of pinto beans from the
wholesale bin—these items get dumped into single-use plastic produce
In places where the canvas grocery bag already
controls the territory, that’s leading to a new front in the
anti-plastic bag campaign: one targeting those plastic produce bags.
Many of the bags’ critics are fighting on their own, but institutions
are starting to catch on. Some farmers’ markets have switched to
biodegradable single-use bags, a step above the traditional plastic
ones. At Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Co-op, the environmental committee
recently urged shoppers to forgo the bags altogether.