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December 23, 2019

Biodegradable Goodwill

Jennifer Baker

Kennie’s Marketplace became the latest company to give in to climate change alarmists by announcing in December they will no longer carry single use plastic bags as of January 1, 2020.

For those of you not aware, Kennie’s Marketplace is a local neighborhood grocer with four locations in southern Pennsylvania and a single location in Taneytown, Maryland. They are an employee owned business whose mission statement touts creating customers who love to shop with them and employees who love to work with them. World class, period.

Recently, customers noticed signs at the registers announcing the grocer would no longer use plastic bags as of January 1st. Comments on a recent Carroll County Times article are at best, split between those who feel it’s intrusive and those who think it’s worth any effort if one animals’ life is saved.

Previously, Kennie’s Marketplace offered a discount incentive of five cents per bag and received many back in exchange. They were then recycled. That practice has since been discontinued. Bags can still be brought in for recycling although without the discount.

The bag manufacturer for Kennie’s reported the product currently in use degrade faster than some paper bag alternatives. During the month of December customers have received three of the new bags free, for every twenty dollars spent at the store.

After January 1, 2020 the grocer will begin selling the new bags at ten cents each, instead of providing free of charge the option to return with a discount for recycling. Customers will also have the option to use paper instead of plastic.

Perhaps the greatest irony in the switch is in the new reusable bag. The new ones are thicker versions of the existing ones which will allow 125 uses, but are still in fact plastic, just thicker plastic.

The eco-friendly bags while still being reused, as most people did with the current product, are now thicker. When they do eventually end up in the landfill after their reported 125 uses, they will in fact take longer to degrade than the current thinner bags.

Perhaps while well meaning, this change to thicker plastic reusable bags, could in fact be of greater harm than the ones currently being used in their stores.

If in the end customers feel it’s a hassle to bring their own bags just to purchase from their store, are they really creating customers who love to shop there?



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