Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cloth, Not Plastic

Ok, I am back online for the time being thanks to our neighbor's wireless connection. Thanks, guys.

Friend and owner of Silver Spoon Children's Boutique, Pam Currie, was in the news again this week. Pam spearheaded a campaign for the town of Canmore to ban plastic shopping bags through municipal bylaw. While the bylaw didn't pass at town council, Pam did receive a lot of publicity for this awesome cause, which has made many people rethink their habits. This recent article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook is entitled "Plastic bag usage down in Canmore". The manager of Safeway doesn't have specific numbers but said there has been a marked difference in the number of bags the store has distributed in recent months. There has been an increase in the sales of their .99 cloth bags (which are cheap and not very well made or durable, like the jute ones we can get for $1.99 at Nester's in Banff). Sobey's manager said it is the same for their store, and that many people are asking for their groceries in recyclable cardboard boxes that the store's products came in. This is awesome! I was proud of Pam before but now I see her as a roll model for people who think that one person can't make a difference. Of course they can!

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