Publix Makes Recycling Ridiculously Easy

by Jeffrey

food, recycling, shopping

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One of the most popular reasons I come across for people not taking some simple steps to more sustainable living is a lack of convenience. For example, it’s just easier to use the plastic bags at the grocery store and throw them in the trash at home than to bring your own reusable cloth or canvas bags to the store or at least taking the plastic grocery bags to a recycling location.

This morning as I made my traditional Saturday morning Publix donut run, I realized that such inconveniences cease to exist if you too shop at Publix.

As you can see from the picture above, outside the Publix here in Hermitage, TN, there are four recycling bins to the right of the doors. How convenient!

Here’s an idea to make recycling a breeze: Keep some cardboard boxes or some big cloth/canvas shopping bags (try Enviro-Tote) in the trunk of your car to transfer your groceries into. Then all you do is march back up to the door and, VOILA! you’ve just recycled your plastic grocery bags.

The four containers can be used to recycle:

  • Plastic bags
  • Paper bags
  • Foam Egg cartons (not cardboard ones)

Kudos to Publix for their many efforts towards making it more convenient for their shoppers to live green. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to pick up a copy of their free GreenWise Market Magazine next time you’re in there.

Do you know if your grocery store takes steps towards living green and helping their shoppers do so as well? If so, please share in the comments.