Park Slope Food Co-op Moves to Ban Plastic Bags For Realz

Reusable bags at the Park Slope Food Coop. (Getty)

Reusable bags at the Park Slope Food Co-op.
(Getty)

Different departments within the Park Slope Food Co-op have found themselves at odds on one immortal issue—plastic bags.

For those of us who keep the Food Co-op’s doings on a watchful Google Alert (and really, who doesn’t?), we thought we had found peace back in 2007, when both financial and environmental divisions agreed to ban the bag. It turns out, however, that said ban did not apply to plastic roll bags, used to hold produce and items in bulk, so now the two branches are back at it.

The Environmental Committee of the Co-op has proposed a phase-out of the roll bags, hoping to achieve a similar victory to that of 2007. But the General Committee—responsible for the budgetary and managerial aspects of the Co-op—was quick to shoot down the proposition, claiming that it would negatively impact the Co-op’s financial state.

The General Committee is getting aggressive in the showdown, publishing a slideshow for the public entitled, “Top Reasons NOT to Approve the Proposed Phase Out of Plastic Roll Bags.” In a really intimidating robin’s-egg blue font, the committee warns that “any alternative available at the Co-op will cost YOU money!”

The Environmental Committee does not have a slideshow.

A decision was supposed to have been made on May 28, but the Co-op’s crowd of ever-impassioned supporters were unable to all fit in the meeting space, leaving the verdict postponed.

If you want some more plastic bag action, head over to Greenwood Baptist Church in Park Slope tonight at 7pm, where a forum will be held on the environmental impact of plastic bags in the city. And if that’s not enough of an incentive, we also hear they’ll be screening the dark drama/documentary, The Immortal Plastic Bag.