Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sustainable Fairfax Launches “Green Wednesday” with Reusable Bag Project

Message from Sustainable Fairfax:

Look for the Green Wednesday poster at the Fairfax Farmer’s Market

On May 16th, at the Fairfax Farmers Market, Sustainable Fairfax will be collaborating with The Inconvenient Group in an effort to eliminate plastic bags at the market. The two groups have joined efforts to produce reusable cloth bags that they will be handing out for free to people shopping at the market. Paints will be available for kids and adults to decorate the bags along with a demonstration on how to avoid using plastic bags at the market and in their daily lives.

This event is a kick off for our promotion of Green Wednesday. We will be celebrating the notion that every day is Earth Day by providing local residents with tips on ways they can reduce their environmental footprint throughout the year.

The motivation for the reusable bag project comes from research shared by Green Sangha that shows that plastic has become a monumental source of litter with 86% of ocean debris being plastic. Plastic is endangering wildlife and some studies show it could take up to 1,500 years to break down in a landfill. The EPA declared it a reproductive toxin in California Prop 65.

The Marin farmer’s market is currently working on providing non-plastic bags for all markets. Sustainable Fairfax and The Inconvenient Group are encouraging Marin County to pass an ordinance similar to San Francisco banning plastic bags at all Marin grocery stores.

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