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The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc. recently presented the Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy with a check for $285,930, from the sales of Elizabeth Haub reusable shopping bags. Since the bag program began in 2006, A&P has donated $688,000 to the foundation, an international public interest organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of the earth's natural resources.
The environmentally friendly bags, which are made entirely from post-consumer waste materials, offer shoppers at the A&P, Pathmark, The Food Emporium, Waldbaum's and SuperFresh banners with an affordable and colorful alternative to plastic grocery bags. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these bags is donated to the Elizabeth Haub Foundation.
Founded over 30 years ago and named for executive chairman Christian Haub's grandmother, The Elizabeth Haub Foundation has played a key role in landmark international environmental efforts, affecting and creating varying international legally binding laws, including the World Charter for Nature of The United States. In 1997 the foundation, together with the International Council of Environmental Law, established The Haub Award, which is presented every year to a Pace University Law School student in recognition of important diplomatic achievements in the field of environmental law.
"By offering customers the option of these beautifully designed reusable bags, we are not only reducing the use of plastic bags and their impact on landfills and the waste stream, but we are also providing a great alternative for our shoppers' needs," noted Jennifer MacLeod, A&P s.v.p., marketing & communications.
A&P operates 445 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the following banners: A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh, and Food Basics.