Bring your bags: City bag ban goes into effect October 15

September 22, 2011 |  by  |  News

On July 21, the City of Portland joined a handful of cities in banning plastic bags at the check out counter of large retail stores. Single-use plastic bags often end up littering our streets, jamming up recycling equipment, and polluting our waterways and oceans, not to mention the natural resources used for their manufacture and transport. The new ordinance goes into effect on October 15.

While farmers markets are exempt from the ordinance, the Montavilla Farmers Market has long encouraged the use of reusable bags. Last year, we launched our Market Loaner Bag program to reduce the number of disposable bags used to bring home the bounty of the market. We began with loaner bags crafted out of discarded t-shirts, and made available at our Info Booth for shoppers to borrow. The program has since expanded with the generous donation of reusable bags from St. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church and Fix Auto. Now, many of our vendors have these reusable bags available to borrow right at their booths.

tshirtsIn honor of the City’s new ordinance, be sure to bring your reusable bags to the market on October 16, or borrow one of our handy loaner bags! We also sell reusable mesh produce bags for $1 at the Info Booth to carry home your smaller items.

Want to do more to help support the loaner bag program? We can always use the donation of reusable bags or t-shirts to transform into more bags. Or, sew some bags yourself with these easy instructions! You can also contact our volunteer coordinator to help us prepare donated bags for use at the market. Any way you can contribute help to make our market and our community more sustainable.

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