Kudos to Burlington, Vt.-based, outdoor specialty retailer, Outdoor Gear Exchange, for encouraging customers to bring their own bags to carry purchases in. According to a news report in www.sevendaysvt.com, OGE puts 5 cents (what the store pays for each plastic bag) into a donation jar for local charities every time a customer declines a disposable plastic bag to tote store purchases home in.
Since launching the program in November 2005, OGE has donated $182.50 to Chittenden County Humane Society and $250 to Crag Vermont, a local non-profit that works to preserve access to privately owned climbing areas. Each month, the retailer empties the jar and makes a new donation. The news report stated that OGE would be donating money from January's collection to the Northern Forest Alliance.
This is such a simple yet fantastic idea, and SNEWSÂ® would love to see other retailers embrace and promote it. Imagine if every store in the country made such a move, what an impact the industry might make in reducing waste and supporting vital local charities and causes. To read the entire story online, click here.