Reusable Shopping Bags Fairfax VA

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Safeway
(703) 591-8473
10350 Willard Way
Fairfax, VA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster
Store Hours
5 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
703-591-5730
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-7:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Costco
(703) 332-3200
4725 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA
 
Safeway
(703) 978-4604
9525 Braddock Rd.
Fairfax, VA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster
Store Hours
5 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
703-978-6091
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-7:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Trader Joe'S
(703) 764-8550
9464 Main St
Fairfax, VA
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Giant
(703) 352-3201
10653 Braddock Rd. University Mall
Fairfax, VA
Store Hours
Mon:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Tue:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Wed:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thu:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Fri:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sat:6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sun:6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Wegmans Fairfax
11620 Monument Drive,,
Fairfax, VA
Services / Departments
Wi-Fi Internet Access, Coin Redemption Self Service, MoneyGram / Money Orders

Giant
(703) 277-2861
11200 Boulevard Jermantown Road
Fairfax, VA
Store Hours
Mon:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Tue:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Wed:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Thu:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Fri:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Sat:6:00 a.m.-Midnight Sun:6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Target
(703) 764-5100
10301 New Guinea Rd
Fairfax, VA
Store Hours
M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Sa: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Su: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Safeway
(703) 269-2241
3043 Nutley St.
Fairfax, VA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar,Olive bar, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,SunTrust
Store Hours
5 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
703-269-2246
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM;Sat 9:00AM-7:00PM;Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM

Shoppers Food Warehouse
(703) 978-1256
9622 Main St
Fairfax, VA
 

Paper and Plastic Move over…Here Comes Reusable

It’s the timeless grocery store rivalry—paper, or plastic? How about, “Neither. I brought my own.” Sounds easy enough, but half the battle is remembering to actually bring those eco-friendly reusable bags back to the store. It’s easy to forget them, lose them, or simply not use them, because it takes a lot less effort to just use store bags, regardless of how bad they are for the environment. Convenience usually wins over eco-consciousness.

Let’s just say you accidentally forgot to bring your reusable bags with you to the store and are forced to choose between paper or plastic. It’s okay. It happens. So, under all that pressure of deciding which is more reusable and which is easier to carry, you choose plastic. You might be able to use it to pack your lunch for a few day, but let’s face it: eventually that bag is going to end up in the trash. The trash can is only the beginning of the toxic journey discarded plastic takes once it leaves your home.

Plastic bags are made mostly from a non-renewable oil energy that produces polyethylene. Polyethylene is cheap to produce, durable, and resistant to chemical breakdown, making it difficult to recycle. Not to mention, to reuse polyethylene requires two-thirds of the new product created to be made from new plastic. Plus, the actual recycling process take a massive amount of non-renewable energy. Sounds pretty bad. Well, it only gets worse.

Plastic never goes away, so every scrap of plastic ever produced still exists and will continue to exist indefinitely. Plastic that is not recycled is dumped (usually into our oceans) and ends up being a deadly snack for an unsuspecting animal. The most horrific graveyard of used plastic is located in the Pacific where tons of discarded polyethylene and other plastics have accumulated to make an island of plastic debris twice the size of the entire state of Texas. Plastic is bad news for the environment and consumers.

With all this discussion on paper, plastic, and B.Y.O.Bag programs, there are rumblings in some states about legislation that would require retailers to charge a nominal fee for each plastic bag used by consumers. Further legislation in the works could eventually end the use of plastic bags altogether. In California, law currently requires retailers to create an in-store recycling program allowing consumers to return used plastic bags. Some argue that banning the use of plastic bags will just force consumers to opt for paper, which is just as damaging to the environment. Essentially your “paper or plastic” decision is really a decision of deforestation or depletion of non-renewable energy.

While state legislators navigate the pros and cons of a long term solution to the use of complimentary retailer bags, many stores have taken their own initiative to be part of the solution and voluntarily adapt before law requires them to.

Pioneers in the reusable bag sector like Trader Joe’s and IKEA have been waging war against plastic bags for years ...

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