I went to Ikea the other day to get a new bookshelf and some chocolate covered caramel candy, and was pleasantly surprised at checkout. Ikea is beginning to charge customers 5 cents for a plastic bag (59 cents buys you a re-usable bag.) Charging for bags in grocery stores is something that I grew up with in Europe, but probably seems really uncommon here in the US. Well, I think it's awesome that Ikea is starting to charge for plastic bags. Re-usable grocery bags are already popping up right and left, and once consumers get financially rewarded (or punished when not) for bringing their own bags, they will.
I assume that Ikea is probably partially doing this, because green is cool right now. But that doesn't matter. The pay-for-your-grocery-bags trend is here to stay.