Monday, July 5, 2010

Reusable Bags

Many of us have heard the numbers and know the facts, but let me refresh your memory from :

  • --Society's consumption rate is now well over 500 billion plastic bags annually, almost 1 million per minute

  • --High-density polyethylene bags are the main culprit, used to tote your purchases but will accumulate and persist on our planet for up to 1000 years

  • --Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when the animals mistake the bags for food

  • --According to the BBC, only 1 in 200 bags in the UK are recycled

  • --The average family accumulates 60 bags in only four trips to the grocery store

  • --Each high quality reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime

Food for Thought has a Wooden Nickle Program where customers are given a wooden nickle for each reusable bag they bring in and use in our store. Now what is the point? We have two charitable organizations at a time and the customer gets to choose where to put their nickles, and then Food for Thought matches the nickle by donating 10 cents for each nickle to the various organizations.

We currently carry several reusable bags and only use paper bags for purchases. Chico's brand of reusable bags are my favorite, mostly because you can fold them up and don't always run into the problem of forgetting them in your car or at home. We are also starting to carry our own line of reusable bags for each season, so come out and see own new Yellow, summertime Food for Thought bags!

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