We’ve been so busy planning BYOBag Warwick Week which will kickoff at the Warwick Farmers’ Market on Sunday, September 20th and conclude there on Sunday the 27th that I’ve barely had time to tell you about it!! You can find us in our “House of Bags”, which is really a canopy of bags, next to the Farmers’ Market table from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We’ll be chatting it up about why single-use plastic bags (SUPBs) are unhealthy for our planet and our bodies and ask visitors to sign the petition to reduce the use of SUPBs in Warwick. The “Bag Monster”, created by artists Karen Decher and Heidi Bilezikian will prowl the market and a special market tote and BYOBag Warwick buttons designed for the occasion will be available for a small donation to Sustainable Warwick, our parent organization.
Throughout BYOBag Week, shops in all three villages will carry our BYOBag Warwick tote stuffed with coupons from favorite local merchants. Look for “Participating Merchant” signs posted in shop windows. The bags will cost three dollars with proceeds going to Sustainable Warwick to cover the cost of printing. ShopRite and Price Chopper will also participate and the Chamber of Commerce will host “What’s The Bag Deal”?, an educational presentation open to the public on Wednesday, September 30th at the Warwick Senior Center, starting at 5:30 PM.
Other events include Family Movie Night at the Albert Wisner Library this Friday, September 18th at 5:30, where the short version of the documentary bag it (http://www.bagitmovie.com/index.html) will be shown- recommended for ages 10 and up. Prior to the start of the film, a special awards presentation for the winners of the BYOBag Warwick Children’s Poster Contest will include a showing of Christy Erfer’s short illustrated video about the “evils” of SUPBs and an exhibit of all poster entries along with our display entitled “What’s the Bag Deal?”. Both exhibits will be at the library for the month of September.
As I’ve mentioned before, quite a few Warwick merchants have already taken the lead in reducing and even eliminating the distribution of single-use plastic bags. Jean-Claude’s Patisserie made a natural transition from plastic, to bio-degradable plastic, to paper. Wadeson’s Home Center uses a sturdy paper bag and encourages customers to bring their own. These are just two of the businesses leading the way in our hometown and we’d like to see the entire Town of Warwick leading the way in Orange County. Warwick is just that kind of place. Don’t you think?
Carrying bag for $3.00 stuffed with coupons:
Giving a free bag with a purchase above a certain price:
Post by Michelle Desveaux