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Eagle keeping pace in Reusable Bag Challenge

Daily staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” After just more than two months of friendly competition in the Reusable Bag Challenge, organized by the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, the town of Eagle has recorded the use of 17,654 reusable bags among the patrons of 13 participating retailers. This number translates to the saving of approximately 44,130 single-use plastic bags in the town of Eagle alone.

Participating merchants in Eagle include Alpine Ambiance, Broadway Liquors, City Market, Eagle Liquor Mart, Everyday Outfitters, Fusion, Green Closet, Inkahoots, KidTopia, Mommy and Me Boutique, Mountain Pedaler, Nearly Everything Store and the Thrifty Shoppe. Some of these stores sell reusable bags and several offer free town of Eagle bags in return for signing a pledge to use them instead of single-use plastic bags.

Eagle merchants interested in participating in the competition and/or receiving bags to hand out in return for pledges are asked to contact Roman Yavich at the Community Development Department at 970-328-9628.

In addition, the town of Eagle purchased 2,000 reusable bags with its logo and the phrase “Healthy Environment, Strong Community, Support Local Businesses.” More than 250 bags were distributed at the Party for the Planet event at the end of April and more will be distributed on Flight Days at the end of June.

Shoppers are urged to remind the cashier to record the number of bags they have for the competition. Not using a bag at all or reusing a plastic bag, unfortunately, does not count.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Plastic bags have become an important environmental concern because only about 2 percent of the bags are recycled. Plastic never biodegrades and instead only “photodegrades,” which means it breaks down into smaller pieces, which eventually find their way into our food stream as fish and animals eat them.

Other towns in the valley participating in the competition include Avon, Gypsum, and Vail.

Single-use plastic bags can be recycled at the customer service desk of City Market in Eagle along with numerous other locations in the Eagle Valley.

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