H-E-B Reusable Bag Giveaway
I returned from England a few months ago impressed at how most of the grocery shoppers carried their groceries around in reusable totes. While Austinites are still arguing about the environmental impact of paper versus plastic grocery bags, the English have moved on to a third choice, reuse. Since then, I’ve noticed reusable bags for sale both at Central Market and Whole Foods Market but I haven’t seen a lot of people using them.
Today, Texas-based H-E-B tries to get Austin involved in its reuse/recycle philosophy by giving away 20,000 reusable shopping bags. Go to any H-E-B today (Thursday, November 15th) between 10 am and 7pm with 5 plastic shopping bags (any brand) and H-E-B will give you a free reusable bag.
“The more we can encourage people to switch to reusable bags, the better it will be for the environment, ” said Leslie Lockett, H-E-B Director of Public Affairs for Central Texas. “By giving away 20,000 reusable bags for free, we can invite people to give the bags a try and really begin to change habits in our community.”
If you miss out on a free bag today, don’t give up. You’ll be able to purchase the reusable bags from H-E-B for 99 cents. H-E-B is also providing recycling bins for plastics that can’t go in the city’s recycling bins: newspaper delivery bags, dry-cleaning bags, and six-pack rings.
I got mine and they’re nice. They fold completely flat but when they’re open there is a thin hard piece for the bottom to keep the bag from falling over in the back of the car.