Think about the last time you went grocery shopping. Starting with the produce section, you probably ended up with several plastic bags that contained your potatoes, some fruit, the cauliflower you needed, and your onions.

 Continuing to the meat and seafood area, you have more plastic and styrofoam. Even if you buy from the butcher or fishmonger, you have the waxed butcher paper that covers up the plastic bag the butcher or fishmonger puts the meat and seafood in.

 By the time you leave the store, you likely have dozens of plastic bags containing your meats, vegetables, fruit, dried beans, cereals, pet products, and dairy items. It’s estimated that for the two to three trips consumers make to a store each week, it adds around 12 bags per trip to the waste stream. If your stores also use plastic shopping bags, that adds even more.

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