UPDATE: Ikea USA charging for bags

It's Official. As we posted last week, we now have confirmation that IKEA USA will be following its European stores and will begin charging for their "throw away" plastic bags. We stopped by our local IKEA (Costa Mesa) last night and saw the signage, which others have stated in the comments is also up in other stores across the nation. Starting March 15,2007 Ikea will charge 5¢ per bag, and are offering their blue reusable bag at a reduced price for 59¢. The signage reads "Next time you see a bag caught in a tree, it won't be ours. That's our goal."

We applaud IKEA for taking this initiative. It will be interesting to see if this will influence other retailers, and how the US public will react. What do you think?