The Good Bag

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The Washington Environmental Council has teamed up with the Washington Food Market as Co-Sponsors of “The Good Bag” Program. This initiative is designed to eliminate the use of disposable plastic and paper bags at checkout counters in Washington. The Program was inaugurated by the Co-Sponsors on Saturday May 28th.

Each time shoppers at the Washington Food Market have their regular purchases packed in a reusable tote(s), they will earn one entry to participate in a monthly prize drawing. The prize is a $100 Gift Certificate that permits the winner to purchase that amount of food at the Washington Food Market. The first prize drawing is scheduled for July 1st.

WEC has introduced its own tote called “The Good Bag.” The tote is machine washable, stylish and has a carrying capacity of up to 40 pounds. It comes with a built-in carrying pouch. The entire bag folds into the 4” x 3” pouch, making it easy to tuck into a purse or glove compartment. The tote is available at the Washington Food Market, Hickory Stick Bookshop, The Pantry and The Smithy for a $5 donation to the Washington Environmental Council.

WEC, the Washington Food Market and the other participating retailers sold nearly 200 of “The Good Bag” totes in the first week of the program. In order to keep up with the brisk demand, WEC immediately placed a re-order for “The Good Bag” to ensure an adequate supply of totes going forward. The Washington Market reports that more shoppers are using their totes to have their purchases packed. Hopefully, this practice will not only continue but also increase over time.

Local Supporters of the Program include The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Marty’s Cafe, The Pantry, The Smithy, Steep Rock Association, Washington Farmers’ Market, Washington Liquor Store and the Washington Supply Company.