So far it seems that the locals here are much more conscious about using "green" products and alternative energy.
The couple that I am staying with has a solar water heater on their roof. Even on cloudy days, they tell me the can get enough hot water for the two of them.
I have seen several vans/trucks around town for alternative energy engineers. They advertise installation and maintenance of solar panels, solar water heaters etc.
Plastic bags are not given out at supermarkets. You are expected to have your own bag, and most people do. If you forget it costs about 10 cents/bag