For more than 30 years, plastic bags could be found in almost every grocery store across the country, but in Austin, the bags will be a thing of the past.
Beginning March 1, 2013, grocery stores and retailers in the city will be banned from giving customers single-use bags, including plastic and paper.
For Austinite, D'Anne Traner, the bag ban won't affect her trips to the store, because Traner already uses reusable cloth bags to carry her groceries.
"They're very sturdy. I think it's just a wise thing to do," said Traner.
However, not everyone is as pro-active as Traner. That's why Austin H-E-B stores gave each customer a free, reusable plastic bag, Saturday.
"We're trying to let customers know that it's coming and to start bringing their reusable bags every single time they shop," said Leslie Sweet, Director of Public Affairs for H-E-B.
After the ban goes into effect, customers at H-E-B will have to pay for bags if they do not bring their own. The cost starts at $0.25 cents per bag.