Earth Fare is sacking the plastic bag.

The Fletcher, N.C.-based grocery chain with 17 Southeastern stores, including one in West Ashley, will become the second supermarket in the Charleston area to ditch plastic bags starting today, which is Earth Day.

Whole Foods stopped using plastic bags two years ago on Earth Day.

"Every time someone doesn't use a plastic bag, it makes a difference in our environment," Earth Fare spokeswoman Dorothy Carlow said. "It takes them 500 to 1,000 years to degrade."

The store that bills itself as the healthy supermarket will offer only paper bags, cardboard boxes or store-bought tote bags.

To promote the demise of plastic bags at the store, Earth Fare will offer free tote bags to the first 200 shoppers at each location from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Four out of five grocery bags in the U.S. are plastic, and about one million plastic bags are used every minute, according to environmentalist websites. The average paper bag holds four times as much as the average plastic bag.

Earth Fare, citing EPA statistics, said plastic bags are four times less likely to be recycled than paper bags. The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, using up 12 million barrels of oil.

While other chains that serve the Charleston area offer their own tote bags, none of them have immediate plans to throw out the plastic bag option, according to officials at Publix, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion, Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter.

Retail radar

--One, a retail showcase of multi-media artists' creations, opens today at 478 King St. above the Silver Dollar. The grand opening is from 5 to 8 p.m. Fashion designer Rachel Gordon's One Love brand will be featured along with a rotating set of collections from other artisans. Each artist must give 10 percent of his or her sales to a local charity tied into the show theme. The theme of the premiere opening show will be "Charleston Tree Huggers," with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Angel Oak Park.

--Bojangles' added a new restaurant Monday and soon will have two more diners in the greater Charleston area to add to the eight already here. The store in Walterboro at 976 Bells Highway opened this week. The new Johns Island store at 121 Main Rd. will open May 17, and the restaurant in Moncks Corner at 444 N. U.S. Highway 52 will open around June 7.

--Salon Eclectica recently opened at 120 E. 5th North St, in Summerville. The hair salon also offers facial waxing, nail services and expert services for brides, bridal parties and other special events. It's open Tuesday through Saturday. Linda Biglin is the manager and owner.

--Scout Boats of Summerville recently added six national dealers to its network on top of the seven it added in recent months.

--Captain's Clutter antique shop on James Island has closed, but the one at 5060 Dorchester Rd. in North Charleston remains open.

--Mizzell's Exxon at 5998 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston has closed.

In the know? Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren Wise at 937-5524 or