Here’s a Celebrating Eco-Progress installment that hits refreshingly close to home!
Regional supermarket chain Haggen Food & Pharmacy has officially endorsed an ordinance, under consideration by the Bellingham City Council, that would ban the use of single-use plastic shopping bags by all retailers in the city.
I’m particularly impressed with Haggen’s decision, as they state in their press release that they would prefer a statewide ban. This offers volumes of support for the kind of local approach to sustainability that I wrote most recently about a couple of weeks ago.
While Haggen was founded in Bellingham by the Haggen family, and owned and operated by them for 78 years, majority ownership was assumed by a Florida investment firm, Comvest, back in February 2011.
It’s pretty remarkable, then, that this decision was blessed by a company located over 3,000 miles away, and it doesn’t seem a stretch to deduce that Bellingham’s deeply engrained identity as an eco-conscious community wields the power to influence these kinds of decisions.
(h/t John Stark at The Bellingham Herald)