#ShopNaked at the Woodstock Farmers Market

May 16, 2016

Last year Woodstock Farmers’ Market used a total 146,800 individual bags.

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Woodstock, Vermont (May 2016) – Hoping to reduce unnecessary waste and aid efforts to protect the environment, Woodstock Farmers’ Market instituted a new bagging policy that urges customers to reuse and recycle paper and plastic bags, or purchase reusable grocery and produce bags. Starting May 1, the market established a BYOB program (Bring Your Own Bag – Or Borrow One) that includes a Bag Library where bags can be borrowed, as well as discounted prices on reusable bags. Traditional paper bags still will be available, but at a cost of 10 cents (large) and 5 cents (small/medium).  However, all proceeds from the bags will be donated to Woodstock Community Food Shelf.
"The early feedback from our customers has been really positive,” said Patrick Crowl, founder and co-owner. "We know it will be an adjustment but we hope over time that everyone will join in the excitement of helping make our world  more sustainable.  There are many other retailers doing this in Vermont and all over the country." 
Farmers’ Market customers are urged to bring their own reusable bags when shopping, or they can purchase a very cool orange one from Farmers’ Market for only $1. The bags sell normally for $2 each. Plastic produce bags will still be available at no charge, however the Market urges customers to "shop naked" and consider purchasing convenient 3B Bags, reusable nylon mesh produce bags with a drawstring, at $.89 each for a small bag and $.99 for a large bag. Crowl said produce can even by rinsed off while still contained in the bag.
Last year Woodstock Farmers’ Market used a total 146,800 individual bags.
A statement by Woodstock Farmers’ Market on its website said, ”It’s true that paper bags are easy to recycle, but they have a high environmental cost to manufacture. This includes the release of heavy metals and greenhouse gasses into the environment. While we don’t have plastic bags up at our registers, our plastic produce bags are also problematic. While theoretically they are recyclable, we cannot recycle them in our area.”
Consider that the average American uses between 300-500 plastic bags per year and only using them for an average of 12 minutes before throwing them out. That adds up to 100-150 billion bags used last year in the US alone. Many cities across the country are looking at measures to reduce and eliminate single-use bags in stores. In fact, many countries around the world have gone bag-free for years.
 “We are asking our community to help us launch this ecological campaign,” explained Crowl.

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