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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market's 61 stores will bag groceries with free reusable "bags for life" for customers on Earth Day, April 22, as a way to encourage its shoppers to lessen their impact on the environment.
The El Segundo, Calif.-based chain, owned by Tesco, already offers two types of reusable bags: a $2.50 canvas bag, and the plastic reusable "bag for life," which retails for $.20.
The "bag for life" is larger and more durable than standard grocery bag and, if damaged, Fresh & Easy will replace the bag for free, forever. These bags are made with recycled material and are 100 percent recyclable.
"We want to make it easier for our customers to make more environmentally friendly decisions," said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. "If everyone in the neighborhood shops with reusable bags, we can really make a difference."
Fresh & Easy said it has made a considerable effort to be a good neighbor and steward of the environment. For example, the company only sells energy efficient light bulbs, uses LED lighting in external signs and freezer cases, offers plastic, aluminum and glass recycling, and provides preferred parking for hybrid vehicles.
More broadly, Fresh & Easy has committed to build LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings and voluntarily joined the California Climate Action Registry to disclose its greenhouse gas emissions. At its distribution center in Riverside the company invested $13 million in a solar roof installation, which is one of California's largest at 500,000 sq. ft.