Sunday, March 15, 2009

Need-a-Bag? Project Update 03.14.09: Remote Viewing

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.

This was yet another week that I was sick (when will this blasted cold season end?!) and so DG once again shouldered the responsibilities. When I called this afternoon, her report was that things were pretty much the same, but she mentioned that she thought she had gotten a new bag but it looked like an old bag. She described it as a tote bag that had been "hand embellished" with sea urchins and I remembered that that was an old bag that we had put out months ago! I'll have to see said sea urchin bag to confirm, but I do believe this is the first case of getting a bag recycled back into the Need-a-Bag? project stream! Yes, you heard it here first, folks, the dream is still alive!

The goal was to put out new bags as they were taken down from the fence, and then collect the bags that come back to us in the drop box, wash them, and put them back out on the fence. This is a strong indicator that the third, most important, sequence in the Need-a-Bag? project is becoming a reality. People are starting to return the bags they've had piling up in a corner of their closet!

The next step is replacing the signs. After a year, they are pretty sorry-looking, and it is time to get some more professional-looking signs--I think the phrase DG used was something like "trailer trash signs" or something like that. DG is gung-ho to take this project on and cost is no object, apparently. I'm with her on that -- it's time we stepped up! Branding! Marketing! Totey!!!
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