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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!

Local Organizations

Our Pay It Forward Program is Supporting

august 1st through october 31, 2019

Here are the three local organizations that your wooden tokens can go towards from August 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019. They were chosen because of the positive impact they have on the people who live in the Rockford area.

C.A.R.E. for P.E.T.S. - County Animal Rescue Endowment for Providing Enrichment Through Support

Rockford Art Museum - enriching the quality of life for people of all ages by communicating the pleasure,

appreciation and meaning of visual arts through programs of collection, exhibition and education.

C.A.R.E. for P.E.T.S.

C.A.R.E. for P.E.T.S. is an non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide community outreach services that will improve the health, safety and retention of pets in Winnebago County, ultimately decreasing the number of animals entering into and housed as Animal Services. Many people face tough situations, where they have difficulty caring for their pets, and C.A.R.E. for P.E.T.S. can help people get the help they need to keep their pets, or to help them find new and happy forever homes. Some pet owners need affordable vaccinations. Some pet owners need food. Some, sadly, need to give up a pet. By helping our community with these urgent needs, C.A.R.E. for P.E.T.S. keeps more pets with their families and fewer pets enter animal services.

Coming soon!

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and our third new option…pending confirmation of participation!