Saturday, April 04, 2009

Need-a-Bag Project Update 04.04.09

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'm back on the case! Got to help set up bags for the first time in ages, and contributed a new drop box to the cause, since our old one apparently blew out onto Hwy 441 last week, never to be seen from again. I don't want say someone stole it, because I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but DG did stop someone from taking it once, if that's any indication of the desirability of our cruddy, garage sale drop box. The new one is an old mesh basket (one of the foldable ones) that we used for DJ's stuffed animals. It too was a toy, and had gotten to the point where the wire was sticking out and had become kind of a hazard. Darn, I should have gotten a picture of it, but instead I took a photo of the new, paper Need-a-Bag? Project label with safety pin. Publix got some cool, new polyprop bags with trees and birds on it, so I donated the boring ecru-colored bags, as shown in this photo.

I realized that DG was using quilter's tracing fabric and running it through the printer to make the labels, which is more durable than paper. I think we've got a winner with the paper label/safety pin dealie -- DG was able to pin labels on the bags while we drove out to the farmer's market this morning.

We've started to wonder if we're getting over-saturated with bags and DG asked Erika-of-the-fine-and-tasty-citrus if she has noticed less bags to put away at the end of the market day. So far the results are inconclusive. I really wish someone would come forth and volunteer to branch out at the Wednesday market downtown(as part of our Need-a-Bag? Project Pioneer Program), but that's too much to hope for right now.
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