NEWS: Berkeley Farmers’ Markets First in Nation to Eliminate Plastic Bags

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This is very cool: the Berkeley, CA Farmers’ Markets are the first in the nation to eliminate plastic bags and packaging from their three weekly markets. It’s all part of a larger “Zero Waste” campaign that the local Ecology Center has launched in conjunction with Earth Day (April 22).

We’re pretty excited by the news, but also a little surprised they didn’t do it earlier!

The Berkeley Farmers’ Markets are “our” farmers’ markets and we can tell you from first-hand experience — the vast majority of people (we’re talking 95% here, at least) who shop these markets bring their own bags and avoid plastic produce bags at all cost.

We’re glad the Ecology Center is making it official though. It sends a nice message … hopefully one other farmers’ markets will pick up on.

Do most people shop your farmers’ markets with reusable bags? Or do you see a lot of plastic bag consumption?