And I sleep better knowing I do not help contribute (as much) to this plastic bag issue by ALWAYS asking for my items to be either 1: not bagged or 2: put in my own homemade bags that I bring from home. (For the record people at Wal-Mart get VERY irritated by this... it's like Wal-Mart has this plastic bag usage quota or something)
I just found this on their site:
Big Blue Bag!
Join IKEA in reducing waste and "Bag the Plastic Bag"!
IKEA is asking our customers to join us in reducing plastic bags usage by 50% - from 70 million to 35 million in the first year. Beginning March 15th we will charge 5 cents for every "throw-away" plastic bag. All proceeds* from the first year of this program will be donated to American Forests, the nation's oldest non-profit conservation organization, to plant trees and offset CO2
WHY? The amount of plastic shopping bags that we all use once and toss is overwhelming.
- The average family of 4 accumulates 1460 plastic shopping bags a year
- 100 billion are given away each year in the US
- Plus it can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down in the environment.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! IKEA has a great alternative to "throw-away" plastic bags- the IKEA Blue Bag. We've reduced the price on this large, reusable and durable bag to 59 cents. One of these bags can replace hundreds of "throw-away" plastic bags and has lots of great uses!
* A maximum contribution of $1,750,000 within 12 months