Monday, June 02, 2008

Need-a-Bag Update 05.31.08

Note: The Need-a-Bag? project was created to promote sustainable bagging at the Hwy 441 Alachua County Farmer's Market each Saturday morning. We supply reusable tote bags reclaimed from thrift stores and garage sales. The Need-a-Bag? project also utilizes old tank tops as tote bags by sewing up the bottoms (these are called t-totes). We invite you to read the other posts on the project by clicking the "Need-a-Bag? Project" label at the bottom of this post.

I thought that perhaps we had goofed and not counted the bags we were putting out for this past Saturday's market day -- well, actually, we had goofed and forgot to count them. Then, I remembered that I had taken a picture of the most recent bagline so counted those (I'm soooo smart). We put out 14 bags this past week.

Being a mom who can't say "no" to birthday party invitations for her child, the fam ended up going to three galas on Saturday (with disastrous results, by the way) and therefore I could not be present at this past market day. DG reports that it was busy and again we were low on bags. I forgot to mention that the week before last some kind soul placed a bunch of Ann Taylor shopping bags into the bin. And a good thing, too, because I had (once again) forgotten to bring a tote bag for shopping. It did not, however, hold up under the crushing weight of vegetation purchased that day and so needed to be chucked. DG and are starting to consider other options for procuring bags -- one idea is to do a workplace tote bag drive at our respective workplaces sometime this summer; the other idea is to contact the lost and found at the large, southeastern university we work at and see if a deal can be struck for any non-retrieved tote bags.

Totey production has stalled as I find myself in the throes of DJ's last week of school and trying to figure out what the next few weeks will bring. I am confident, however, that work towards this important goal of a sustainable mascot will come to fruition.
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