BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- Supporters of a ban on grocery bags in Boulder believe they have a solid movement. New Era Colorado is behind a campaign to ban both plastic and paper bags used at grocery stores and shopping centers.
“The idea of having a disposable item that you use simply to carry groceries or other purchases is an old idea and it’s not right for today’s world,” said New Era Colorado spokesman Tim Nickles. “The time is really right. People are just more and more conscious of the problems.”
“It could serve as a model for other cities,” said New Era Colorado member Carrie Jackson.
King Soopers in Boulder refused to comment on the issue. But a smaller grocery store, Alfalfa’s in Boulder, supports the ban. They say their customers already prefer to use reuseable bags.
“We have a goal of being zero waste in our store,” said Alfalfa’s Market spokeswoman Sonja Tuitele. “People in Boulder are already very environmentally minded and very progressive. I think, for the most part, they’ll embrace it.”
Not everyone believes it’s a good idea.
One shopper said, “I don’t think that rules are necessarily the best way for people to change their actions.”
Supporters of the ban expect the change to happen by the end of the summer. Everyone would need to bring their own bags to the store to pack up their groceries.