Henry’s Farm, a local organic farm that brings a wide range of produce every week to my local farmer’s market, stirred the pot a bit lately when they asked shoppers to byob, or pay $0.25 for a biodegradable bag to tote their produce home. BYOB? It stands for Bring Your Own Bag.
As I noted in a previous post, not giving plastic bags to your costumers is all the rage. Whole Foods no longer has plastic grocery bags, of course, and San Francisco and Paris have banned plastic bags. But what happens when an organic farmer asks stops providing free plastic bags? According to the Chicago Tribune, some people get kind of mad about it.
Maybe organic farmers and other earth-friendly types should insist that their patrons BYOB. As in bring your own beer. Have a drink, chill out, and stash the organic tomatoes and cilantro you are buying into your own backpack.
Photo from my own collection.