Good news! Customers can now buy a “grab’n go green” reusable shopping bag for just 50¢ at 43 Dari mart stores in the southern Willamette Valley.
I was at the kickoff event on Friday, Jan. 15., when Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy thanked Operations Manager Kathy Gibson for taking such a huge step to improve the environment.
By switching to re-usable and paper bags, Dari Mart has eliminated the circulation of 1,382,800 plastic bags annually. That’s a lot less plastic bags in the world! And Dari Mart is the first convenient store in Oregon to do so.
When you purchase one of these convenient bags from now until Feb. 15, Dari Mart will give 100 percent of the proceeds to FOOD for Lane County.
To express their appreciation, Board Member Chuck Hauk of FOOD for Lane County attended the kick-off event held at Dari Mart’s Harlow and Game Farm Road location.
What does Dari Mart have planned next?
“We plan to replace the lights in our coolers with more energy efficient LED bulbs. We will also be replacing cooler door seals to keep the cold air in and the warm air out,” Gibson says.
Dari Mart will also be bringing back their “comeback cups” to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and refill.
So remember, the next time you stop in to get your favorite Lochmead Farms dairy products or a quick snack, pick up a “grab’n go green” reusable bag.
What a wonderful way to make a difference in our community!