The Year of the Bag

bag-reduction-slider2Because even 100 percent recycled paper bags require energy – and water – to remanufacture, distribute, and dispose of, there is an environmental cost. That paper bag isn’t your greenest option.

BriarPatch has decided that 2014 is going to be the Year of the Bag. Together, we can reduce our use of single-use bags. Starting on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, BriarPatch will charge 10¢ each for large paper bags. Why? It’s because it works. Other stores, cities, and counties that have instituted a bag charge have found that it helps the use of reusable bags to become more mainstream, more of a habit. And the Patch goes through a lot of paper bags – 6,000 a week to be exact.

We’re trying to help make the transition as easy as possible. We’ve put signs in the parking lot, reminding you to bring in your bags when you shop. The store will no longer be giving bag credits. Instead, the money saved from purchasing paper bags – they cost us about 11¢ each – will be used to keep reusable bag prices low and will also be donated to environmental causes.

Help every day be Earth Day by bringing your reusable bags in to shop. It’s the best option for the environment, and they’re pretty stylish, too.


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