Glen Ridge schools and ShopRite of Brookdale are joining hands to make the world a better place in two ways – by promoting environmental awareness and helping schools raise funds for much-needed supplies.
From Thursday, April 29, schools in Glen Ridge will compete against each other in a Reuse Challenge, which encourages families to buy the MY ECO Shopping Bag System as a school fundraiser, and to reuse the bags at Brookdale ShopRite, thereby obviating the need for non-biodegradable plastic bags.
Each time an ECO bag is reused, it will be scanned, and the user’s school earns points that can be redeemed for school supplies.
The system is a four bags-in-one shopping bag made of recycled yogurt cartons. Each bag has a different function so that similar items may be packed together. One is insulated, another is pocketed for glass bottles and jars. All four can hold up to $200 worth of groceries.
The bag system’s creator Kristen Brown, ironically, has a dad who invented the opposite of an eco bag and a scourge of landfills.
Said Brown, “My father invented the plastic grocery sack in the ’70s that changed consume behavior. I can think of no quicker way to create change again than involving students in the School Reuse Challenge.”
Incidentally, plastic bags can take hundreds of years to biodegrade at a landfill.
Brown said kids that are aware of the environment from an early age will likely remain environmentally conscious, and hopefully spread the lessons learned to their families.
MY ECO Shopping Bag System was featured on the Today Show as one of the top “Green Picks” of the year. (Click on the link to take a look)
Schools that sell the MY ECO Shopping Bag System as a fundraiser earn $5 per bag sold. Even after the fundraiser, the bag system can still be bought at ShopRite of Brookdale and continue to earn Reuse points. Then, on a monthly basis, the points may be redeemed for supplies and goods at ShopRite of Brookdale.
The bags may be bought at ShopRite of Brookdale or at this site.