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Save Mart stores in the greater Sacramento, Calif., area is supporting the “Got Your Bags?” campaign of the Keep California Beautiful organization by offering shoppers a free reusable grocery bag with a purchase of $20 or more.
“Our company believes that reduce-reuse-recycle practices are part of good business,” said Steve Junqueiro, president and COO of Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart. “For many years, we have composted organic waste and recycled paper, cardboard and plastics. The reusable bags we now offer are manufactured from recycled material and are recyclable at their end-of-use cycle.”
The Save Mart reusable bags are designed to be stronger, easier to carry and larger than single-use plastic or paper bags. Unlike bags manufactured from synthetic fibers, these reusable bags can be recycled like any single-use bag, according to the grocer. They’re also designed to be economical: each costs only 25 cents, and by the end of its lifespan – between 40 and 100 uses – customers would have been paid back up to $5, since they save five cents each time they reuse this bag at any Save Mart store.
Sacramento-area Save Marts expect to give away up to 15,000 bags during thepromotion, and said that if just half of those bags are reused 50 times, the giveaway would have prevented as many as 1.5 million single-use bags from becoming an environmental hazard.
In addition to offering reusable bags, Save Mart stores enable customers to recycle their single-use plastic bags with clearly marked recycling bins located inside every store entrance.
Save Mart operates more than 240 stores in northern California and northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky and FoodMaxx banners.