SEATTLE — PCC Natural Markets here will stop using plastic shopping bags on Oct. 1. The retailer will encourage shoppers to reuse their own bags by offering its selection of reusable totes at cost, while continuing to provide paper bags at no charge. “While this decision to eliminate plastic shopping bags will entail some additional cost, it’s simply the right thing to do,” said chief executive officer Tracy Wolpert. “We have studied the environmental impact of paper versus plastic and ...

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