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CARLISLE, Pa. -- Following in the footsteps of fellow Ahold banner Tops Markets, Giant Food Stores, LLC and Martin's Food Markets have teamed up with Commerce, Calif.-based Earthwise Bag Co., Inc. to launch a reusable shopping bag program at all of their stores. Retailing for 99 cents, the polypropylene bags made their debut Aug. 19.
Tops rolled out its reusable bag program, also in collaboration with EarthWise, earlier this month.
"Reusable shopping bags reduce the number of plastic bags in the environment," said Jodie Daubert, Giant/Martin's v.p. for general merchandise, health and beauty care, and fuel, said in a statement. "We have added this option for our customers to encourage conservation and reuse, and reduce waste. We believe that one less bag makes a difference."
Daubert added that the lightweight, washable, hypoallergenic, nontoxic, water-repellent bags, which hold more groceries than the typical plastic grocery bag, "are great for carrying just about anything, from groceries to gym clothes."
Merchandized on racks near the checkout, at the self-checkout, and next to the cashier in each of the checkout aisles, the bags also feature sturdy handles and a square bottom that won't easily tip over in the car.
"Earthwise bags are a win-win because they are not only environmentally-friendly, but consumer friendly as well," noted Steven Batzofin, co-founder and v.p. of Earthwise. "They serve a dual mission of helping stores reduce the growing costs of supplying disposable bags and cut down on waste, while also helping promote environmental awareness and conservation among consumers at the same time."
All Giant and Martin's stores will continue to encourage shoppers to recycle plastic bags by bringing them back to the store. These bags are recycled by Winchester, Va.-based Trex and turned into Trex decking and railing, the leading brand of alternative decking lumber in North America.
Giant Food Stores operates stores in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia under the Giant Food Stores, Tops Markets, Martin's Food Markets, and FoodSource banners.