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Viva la reusable bags

Dear Editor:

According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, about 334 per person. A very small percentage of those bags are recycled, and while most sit in our landfills, a large portion also enter our ecosystem as trash. (I encourage everyone to Google the Pacific Garbage Patch.)

Paper bags are not much better. Yes, they do biodegrade. But, paper bags take a large amount of energy to produce and require 10s of millions of trees per year. Which then is the better choice, paper or plastic? Neither!

CORE and the Sheep Mountain Alliance in Telluride have partnered on an awareness campaign to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. Between Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July, Clark’s and City Market will be contributing 5 cents for every reusable bag that is used during checkout. These funds will then be used toward a local environmental project.

Shopping with reusable bags is one easy and effective way to reduce waste pollution, conserve energy and show your support for sustainable business practices.

Please support this effort and our environment by shopping exclusively with reusable bags.

Thank you Clark’s Market and City Market for your participation in this initiative!

Nathan Ratledge

Aspen


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