Paper Shopping Bags. They seem pretty innocuous. After all paper is a renewable resource and can be recycled. The problem is that many people do not recycle them, and in reality they actually require plenty of water, fuel, and trees to produce them. In fact, if they end up in the waste stream, paper bags are so heavy and take up so much space that it requires many more trucks to dispose of them.
At Choices, it is our mission to reduce the number of paper bags that our customers use, and at the same time use the financial resources saved, to give back to our community. Pay It Forward is our plan to do so.
Beginning April 1, 2019, anybody who brings in a REUSABLE bag for their groceries will receive a wooden token, representing 5 cents, to put towards one of three organizations. The non-profit organizations will rotate quarterly. There will be less waste, since less paper bags are used, and we can also make a positive impact on our community. Each time you use a reusable, you will get another token.
Over time, it will add up! Let’s reduce waste and invest in organizations that help make Rockford a special place!
OUR PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM IS SUPPORTING
THESE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
APRIL 1ST THROUGH JUNE 30TH
Here are the three local organizations that your wooden tokens can go towards from April 1, 2019 through June 30th. They were chosen because of the positive impact they have on the people who live in the Rockford area.
Severson Dells Nature Center, Unplug and Connect with Nature
Roots & Wings, Community & Youth Development through Urban Agriculture
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Rockford’s Only No-Kill Animal Shelter
Severson Dells Nature Center
The mission of Severson Dells is to link people to nature through education and research, in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area. They promote awareness of the natural world, fostering respect, enjoyment, and preservation now and in the future. They have many programs available to youth and adults alike. Unplug & Connect. Visit Severson Dells!