U.S. IKEA stores stop offering free plastic bags
Last week, IKEA stores in the United States stopped offering free plastic bags to customers, instead opting to charge $.05 per plastic bag or $.59 for a reusable bag.
The move echoes a long-term trend overseas, particularly in Europe, to move away from environmentally unfriendly plastic shopping bags to reusable bags.
The Sweden-based retailer has the goal of reducing plastic bag consumption by 50 percent in the United States, and it has supported phasing out the bags altogether. Proceeds from the sale of the $.05 plastic bags go to the forest protection nonprofit group American Forests.
Several countries have banned or instituted a charge for plastic bags, including China, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Thriftway files for Chapter 11
Thriftway, a one-unit lumberyard based in Owensboro, Ky., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Messenger Inquirer. The owner of the 45-year-old business blamed the homebuilding slump for recent financial troubles.
“Building materials dealers are not in favor with lenders at this time,” said Ken Lawson, Thriftway’s president. “Our business is good, and the Owensboro economy is good, too — much better than the national economy.”
“We’ve provided service for 45 years and will continue to provide service,” Lawson continued. “Our people and inventories are still here, and our customers will see no interruption of service. It’s just paperwork.”
According to its web site, Thriftway also operates an affiliate, Wholesale Doors & Trim and Installation, and HardwareOvernight.com, an Internet business.