Whole Foods to nix plastic grocery bags

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Whole Foods Market is getting rid of disposable plastic bags at checkout stands across all its 270 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The goal is to be plastic-bag free by Earth Day, on April 22.

The natural foods grocer is also declaring today “Bring Your Own Bag Day.”

The chain will give out more than 50,000 reusable shopping bags to customers at checkouts.

“We hope to inspire shoppers to prompt positive environmental change by adopting the reusable bag mind-set,” said A.C. Gallo, co-president and COO of Whole Foods Market.