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Whole Foods Market chose Earth Day 2008 to eliminate the plastic bag -- that paragon of cradle-to-grave pollution -- from its ledger. You can still take your groceries home in paper, but a better solution is to wait for the arrival of a new shipment of WF's colorful recycled-bottle bags. At 99 cents they're a durable bargain; no doubt the reason they've been out for a while. But SA media contact Suzy Holleron says more are on their way.

Holleron says that as she walks through the Quarry Market store she's noticing that "more and more people have their own bags -- a lot of people have made that one little step in the right direction."

The disappearance of the plastic sack hasn't resulted in mass outrage, either. The regional office has received some comments from folks who miss the disintegration-resistant petroleum products, but "I think 99-percent of the people think it's a great idea," Holleron says.

Another option: the Lauren Bush-designed (niece, not daughter, of W) Feed 100 bag, which zips into a cute pouch when it's not toting your stuff, debuts this Thursday. Ten dollars of its $29.99 price tag buys 100 nutritional school lunchs through the World Food Program's Rwanda School Feeding Program.

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