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The Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) is offering customers free reusable grocery bags as part of its statewide campaign to remind consumers to "Add Green to Your Routine."
The effort, fueled by a partnership between the St. Paul, Minn.-based MGA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), will distribute 10,000 reusable bags and inform consumers about how they can reduce waste and protect the environment. Consumers may request a free reusable bag by completing a brief and confidential survey online at www.mngrocers.com.
"We share Minnesotans' concerns about the health of our communities and the environment,” said Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president. “Consumers have said they want options to ensure a cleaner and greener environment for future generations to enjoy,” added Pfuhl, noting that reusable bags fit easily in a purse or glove box and can be used at any retail location or for other family outings."
Strong enough to handle heavy groceries, the brown handled bags are made of an environmentally friendly canvas-like material; they fold up easily and button-close to the size of two hands, making them portable and easy to store.
Minnesota grocers also are providing helpful consumer tips for integrating reusable bags into their routines. "Add Green to Your Routine is an extension of Minnesota grocers' ongoing efforts to provide consumers with convenience, value and choice -- even in protecting the environment,” observed Pfuhl, adding that the state’s grocers were among the first retailers to offer plastic bag recycling.