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Goodbye Plastic. Hello Earth.

We are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to support sustainable lifestyles. From the organic produce you purchase to the bag you bring it home in, we want you to feel good about shopping at Market of Choice.

In September 2008, we eliminated plastic bags at our checkout stands. Today, we offer sustainable paper sacks and quality reusable bags.

Made from 100 percent recyclable, non-toxic, and allergy-free polypropylene, our reusable bags save the world one shopping trip at a time. As a service to our customers, these bags are available below cost for just 99 cents. They hold twice the amount of groceries as disposable bags and last at least three years with weekly use. If you use these bags twice a week for two years, you’ll replace more than 400 paper or plastic bags.

Market of Choice also offers free paper sacks as a great alternative when you don’t have your reusable bags with you. Certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, they are 100 percent recyclable, compostable, reusable and are made with wood fiber recovered during the manufacturing process.

Here are some facts:

• A typical acre of young, healthy trees will capture 5,880 pounds of carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas, each year.
• While plastic bags resist decomposition, remaining in a stream or waterway for years to endanger wildlife, a paper bag decomposes rapidly and poses no threat to wildlife.
• Continuing the judicious use of paper bags and other sustainable paper products ensures that trees will continue to be grown on land now dedicated to forestland, rather than being developed for other uses. Privately owned forests and tree farms provide more than 90 percent of the wood harvested in the U.S.
• Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags each year, the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil, a non-renewable resource.
• Although considered “recyclable,” plastic shopping bags can only be “downcycled,” or made into another product that is not recyclable.
• More than half of all paper in the U.S. is recovered for recycling, and wood fiber can be recycled multiple times.
• Unlike plastic bags, paper bags can be used for collecting compostable waste once they’ve outlived their usefulness as shopping bags. And just like the reusable bags, you can use your paper bags over and over for future shopping trips, as well as carrying other items.

Regardless of your bag choice, we’re happy to give you a 5-cent discount when you choose to reuse.


 

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