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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Price Chopper Supermarkets here is offering customers a reusable shopping bag, in a program designed to reduce plastic bag supply costs and boost efficiency, the chain said yesterday.
To create the program, the Northeast regional chain collaborated with Pointe-Claire, Que.-based Fiberlinks Textiles, Inc., the largest producer of environmentally friendly reusable grocery bags in North America.
"This consumer-friendly branded bag helps eliminate plastic bags," noted Price Chopper community and public relations manager Barbara L. Page in a statement. "They are washable, hold up to 50 pounds, and are made of woven propylene, which is a 100 percent post-consumer recycled product."
Starting on Earth Day (April 22), the bags will be on display at participating Price Chopper locations in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
Another environmentally friendly program recently launched by the grocer, "Bag2Bag," allows shoppers to return used plastic bags to recycling bins. The bags are then sent to Price Chopper's Resource Recovery facility, where they're baled and picked up by a vendor who makes new plastic bags for the retailer.
Price Chopper customers may also bring their own shopping bags in which to pack their orders. For every reused bag, shoppers receive a three-cent credit on their register receipts.
An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are annually consumed worldwide, according to Price Chopper.
The family-owned Golub Corporation owns and operates over 115 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Golub's approximately 24,000 associates collectively own 51 percent of the company's privately held stock.