"Ikea - which gave away 32 million bags in 2005 - said it had conducted a successful two-year charging trial in Edinburgh, which had led to a 90% drop in consumption....Ikea emphasized that it would not make any money from the move since all the proceeds would be donated to the environmental organisation "Community Forests"." (On cue: this is the part where Tree Huggers get excited.)
Whole Foods, Costco, and other retailers have already gotten with the program of selling logo covered re-useable shopping bags. Although Warren feels that material selection for some designs has been less than perfect and color competition a bit wild in the aisles, hopefully Wal-Mart will bring some focus by introducing a re-useable bag in organic fiber (hint, hint), pointing the arrow toward the right target! Then, we will be treated to some whining by the disposable plastic bag industry, which will cite widespread loss of jobs.