Big Y now has canvas bags

posted by Mike on June 18th, 2006

000_1023Last November we made and distributed dozens of canvas bags at our local supermarket, Big Y. The goal was to wean people off paper or plastic shopping bags, a very small step to a more sustainable way of life.

Big Y execs told us they’d keep an eye on the project, and might consider selling canvas bags to their customers in the future.

We put hundreds of dollars into the project, and though we asked for donations, we mostly spent our own money. What’s more, we never saw anyone using the bags after that first day. So the project seemed to be a bust.

Andrew with a Big Y bagTwo weeks ago, all Big Y locations began selling $3 canvas bags at the registers.

I have no idea how much influence our project had on this decision. But I want to believe that it all paid off.

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  1. On June 19, 2006 at 08:15 xradiographer said:

    I doubt that I had much influence on Big Y, but I use my canvas bag (from you guys) all the time. Mostly for groceries and the library, but I brought it into Target the other day and eschewed their plastic. I didn’t get the $0.03 discount I get at the grocer’s, but hey! Less plastic used….

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