The wrong kind of bag ban
We recently received this unbelievable email from a customer:
I was writing you to share with you a story. I was recently at a Boscov's department store in Lebanon, PA. I was told that I could not use my reusable bag, I had to use a plastic bag with their logo on it to prevent shoplifting. The store manager told me that I could recycle the plastic bag. I told her she could keep her bag and her items and I was not going to shop a store that was not trying to protect the environment. I have been using reusable bags for years now and I was hoping we were moving forward. I hope your store continues to remind people of the importance of using reusable products, we have a long way to go. Thank you for continuing to increase awareness.-Liz
Thanks for emailing us, Liz, and unfortunately this is something we've heard about from other concerned shoppers as well. Our company founder's wife, Marni, actually had a similar experience at a local department store - you can imagine her reaction!
Obviously our first recommendation is to speak to the store manager, and if that doesn't work (like in this case) go over the manager's head by contacting the company's headquarters. Express your concerns as a customer that their company is not concerned about the environment. We even have a form letter you can use on our site. If shop lifting is a concern, you can suggest that they allow mesh bags like the ACME bags Workhorse, Mesh or Walker Bags. Finally, it's your money, and you can decide where to spend it. Stop shopping in stores that do not allow reusable bags.
Have you had an unusual experience trying to use your reusable bags at stores? Tell us about it at email@example.com!