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Reusable Bags

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Environmental Impact of Bags

Reusable bags are an easy way you can make a lasting impact on the environment. By using reusable bags, you are keeping paper and plastic bags out of landfills or from ending up as trash in our environment. You are also conserving the resources needed to produce and transport bags as well as the emissions resulting from these processes.

We have many reusable bags available for purchase at our stores, and we also encourage customers to use their own.

By the end of 2015, it's our goal to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used by 1 billion. And we're well on our way toward that goal today. You can help us by switching to reusable bags when you shop.

Why Use Reusable Bags

  • Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 single-use bags
  • Approximately 14 million trees are cut down every year for U.S. paper bag production
  • A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose
  • Paper bags produce more than double the air pollution as plastic bags in landfills

How to Pack Your Bag

When packing your grocery bag, you can follow our ‘formula’ to ensure you get the maximum use out of your bag and reduce the number of bags you carry. Also, for one or two items, consider just carrying your purchase instead of using a bag.

There are also specific ways you can pack bags so that they are well balanced and items don't get damaged. Wiki-how has easy tips that work well with our grocery bagging "formula" shown below.

Safeway’s grocery bagging ‘formula’: 7 items + 1 bag = Happy Planet.

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