No Bags At Lakeview Whole Foods

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — If you shop at the Whole Foods on North Ashland Avenue anytime Wednesday, you might want to bring your own bag.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, we’re all used to the traditional question of paper or plastic at the grocery store checkout line. But Whole Foods says neither is an option Wednesday.

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They say you should instead reuse bags you already have.

“It’s an easy thing that makes an impact immediately,” said Whole Foods spokesman Joshua Sovell.

Sovell says “A Day without a Bag” is the first event of its kind at the Lakeview Whole Foods store, at 3300 N. Ashland Ave. just north of the junction of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont avenues.

“This is just the Lakeview location this year. We’re just kind of a test store to see what happens, and we’re really excited for it at the store, and if it goes well, we might roll it out larger than that,” Sovell said.

Sovell is encouraging customers to bring in reused bags, used cloth bags, or even backpacks for their groceries.

“If you don’t have a bag, we have gently used bags or bags to buy,” he said. “If you’re picking up your lunch, you might not need a bag, so go without and you’ll do something for the environment.”

Sovell says not using bags for a day will go a long way in making a difference for the environment.

“It’s a great promotion for Earth Month, and we’re trying to make an immediate impact in people that hopefully will last year-round,” Sovell said.

The Day without a Bag event goes until 10 p.m., when the store closes for the night.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Once in the environment, it takes months to hundreds of years for plastic bags to break down.

  • ect

    This is a good thing. I have been using my own bags, made from recylable materials and the same original ones, for 5 or 6 years. Now, how much plastic or paper does that equall? I sure do not know, but I bet it is a lot. What do you do to reduce harm to the environment? A little goes a long way.

  • old bag


  • gray

    What a stupid idea. What about customers that just stop in on a whim? How are they going to carry home their purchase? Is the store going to lower the price for this “event” since that would make a bigger impact.

  • Recycler

    Of course, half the people who go to get groceries that day will not remember to bring their bags, and Whole Foods will conveniently have their own brand of re-useable shopping bags for $1.00 each. nice way to make a little profit off of those forgetful folks.

    • don't shop

      These stores are very expensive. It’s obviuos that people who shop there can afford it, so 1.00 for a bag is not a big deal. I personally don’t shop there so for me it’s not a problem.

  • hachipisali

    I’ll have to bring a parachute.

  • shopper

    just a ploy to sell more re-usable bags to unsuspecting customers…way to add to the bottom line whole foods

  • J-Chi

    This is a great idea! It would be cool if they did this all of the time and could at some point be a law. There is no reason why you can’t bring your own bag and the plastic bags are so bad for the environment.

  • think ahead

    This is not a good thing. I saw a clerk put someone’s reusable bag on the conveyor belt while shopping in Seattle. The bag was disgusting, dirty and covered with stains like the ones you get from meat juice when it leaks onto fabric. Have since read that they contain all kinds of “germs” and need to be washed frequently.There goes your “green”, up in soap. Agree we need a solution to using all these bags but this isn’t it.

  • John R.

    It’s a pretty slick marketing ploy. As if it’s gonna save the planet!

  • john

    This is an Excellent Act… Aldi’s And a few others Have been doing this for some time Now, Even “Menared’s Had a deal, Buy & Cont. Using their Green Bag and they Give ya, like !0% discount on everything in the bag, but it great even Pays you back to use it ..

  • laura

    This is a good start. I would suggest that it become a law that major grocery stores be required to charge say 5cents per plastic bag. THat will certainly motivate people to bring their own.


    Better yet if you don’t want to bring your own bags or buy one from the store simply bring your entire family to the store and walk around and eat whatever you want off the shelves and throw all the garbage on the floor but save the bar code so you can pay for your daily meal. If this store wants to go green then let them recycle all the garbage as well seeing they’re trying to make a profit by selling the bags but in reality they’re saving money by not supplying customers plastic bags so go figure.


  • Bill S.

    Bullsnod! Whole Foods is a rip-off

  • Peter

    I am more than a little surprised at the number of cynical corporate rip of responses.
    It is my feeling that Whole Foods is a company trying to make a positive difference – be it an innovative health care program for employees or how their corporate policies impact the environment we all live in.

  • GMAN

    GOING GREEN1111 Yeah right, just more money in their pocket.anyway you spin it ,the bottom line is profit and we can look goody green while were at it.KEEP UP THE BRAINWASHING 11111

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