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SEATTLE - Community-based independent Metropolitan Market yesterday began offering reusable shopping bags made of 100 percent recycled polypropylene.
Metropolitan modeled the tote, called the "Rebag," after its popular and spacious paper-handle bags. Each bag features reinforced stitching and a full lining for durability. It also has a set of shoulder straps developed to provide more carrying power and comfort for carrying large loads.
"Our customers have asked for this, and it complements the many great community conservation efforts emerging throughout Seattle and Tacoma," said Metropolitan Market v.p. of marketing Brad Halverson. "We have the approval of the City of Seattle, as our REbag is perfectly aligned to the same earth-friendly ideals Mayor Greg Nickels is advocating in his Seattle Climate Action Now program."
The Seattle Climate Action Now initiative provides citizens with easy tips to live more sustainable lifestyles and conserve energy. During the launch of the program, each REbag handed out to shoppers at each of Metropolitan's six locations included a "Get Started Guide" with energy-saving tips provided by the energy conservation group, plus one Sylvania compact fluorescent light bulb.
The retailer will give away 40,000 of the new bags, one per customer, when they spend $50 or more in the store. Once these are given away, the REbags will be available for $2.
Metropolitan Market serves the communities of the Puget Sound area with locations in Queen Anne, Uptown (lower Queen Anne), Admiral (West Seattle), Proctor, Sand Point, and Dash Point.