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Vail ski museum sells cloth grocery bags

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado The Vail-based Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is selling 2,000 environmentally friendly, reusable grocery bags called ChicoBags.The bags cost $7 and proceeds will go to the ski museum. Trees, as any skier will tell you, are one of the most prized resources in and around mountain resort communities, said Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. And ChicoBags also cut oil consumption and therefore reduce the effects of global warming. What skier or snowboarder can’t get behind that?The bags say: Conserve Resources, Preserve History: Grab a ChicoBag, and Colorado Ski Country: A Higher State of Conservation.The bags are machine washable and can fit in a pocket or purse. They expand to 18 inches by 18 inches and can carry 20 pounds. According to the American Forest and Paper Association, the United States used 10 billion paper grocery bags in 1999, requiring 14 million trees to be cut down.The bags can be purchased at http://www.skimuseum.net or at the ski museum, which is in the Vail Village parking garage and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 476-1876. The Whole Foods organic grocery chain is selling standard versions of the ChicoBag in a lead-up to Earth Day on April 22 for $5 at http://www.chicobag.com.


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