Patt Morrison for July 1, 2011

Plastic bag ban goes into effect in LA today, first zero-packaging grocery store gears up to open in Austin, TX

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A plastic bag caught in a tree.

A ban on plastic bags goes into effect throughout unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County today. Paper bags will still be available for 10 cents-a-bag, but county supervisors hope the ban encourages shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. Meanwhile, over in Austin, Texas, a grocery store called in.gredients is going several steps further. They’re aiming to be the first zero-waste, package-free supermarket in the nation. That means shoppers will have to think ahead and bring their own containers for grains, seasonal produce, spices, meat, beer, wine and cleaning materials. What does an aisle in a grocery store without packages look like and would you shop there? Patt talks with the in.gredients cofounder and his revolutionary or old-school idea, depending on how you look at it.


Christian Lane, co-founder of in.gredients grocery stores, opening soon in Austin, Texas

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