Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tuesday's Rant: some Target stores now charging for bags
Now don't get me wrong: I love the environment, and I'm a huge recycler. I just think that consumers should be given the choice. I tried to dig for some background information on the web this morning and according to this article from the Twin Cities Star Tribune, Target spokeswoman Katie Boylan said the company "has no set policy on bags." And indeed in most parts of the country, it seems that Target is defaulting to plastic bags at a time many focus on sustainability. It also cites that "many customers say they prefer plastic bags because they can reuse them to store dog waste or line garbage cans." I fall into that camp: I reuse my plastic bags and then recycle them.
And I realize I should probably focus my frustration on the stupid local ordinances vs. Target's policy, as I'm sure they were forced to comply with Sunnyvale's new law. However, they don't have to pass the cost on to the consumer, as according to the aftormentioned article, at Target stores where they DO offer a choice between paper and plastic, they don't charge extra for one or the other.