Saving our planet; one bag at a time

February 25, 2009

When you’re blessed with so much beauty you can’t let plastic bags spoil it for you!

The Aspen-Telluride area is not going to let it happen. I just read this news release today:

Aspen-Telluride bag challenge expanded

Beginning March 1, 26 mountain towns including three in the Roaring Fork Valley are competing in the 2009 Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge, to see which town can minimize their use of single-use, disposable shopping bags the most. The competition will end on Sept. 1.

Participating stores will be responsible for tallying every reusable bag used or purchased by a customer at checkout. The “winner” will be determined on a per-capita basis by which community uses the most reusable bags during the six-month period.

The winning town will receive a $5,000 grant from Alpine Bank to install a solar panel system at a public school.

Participating Colorado towns are Telluride, Aspen, Mountain Village, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Fraser, Estes Park, Crested Butte, Vail, Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, and Mount Crested Butte. Jackson Hole, Wyo., Park City, Utah, Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho will also compete.

Aspen and Telluride competed in the first bag challenge this past summer, eliminating the use of an estimated 140,359 single-use shopping bags.

Well done folks! I’m just writing to them suggesting they look at our bags at and see how economical they can be when bought straight from us!

1 Comment »

  1. This is a very good idea to use disposable bags because they care about the environment a matter of each person!

    Comment by Cathleen — February 26, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

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