Metropolitan Market goes green: Reusable bags debut

This just in, minutes after our update about holiday grocery-store hours: According to this press release, Metropolitan Market is debuting “REbag,” a reusable shopping bag — you can get one free if you spend at least $50 — and plans a big launch event at the Admiral store Wednesday morning featuring nearby-dwelling Mayor Nickels.

8 Replies to "Metropolitan Market goes green: Reusable bags debut"

  • MW November 19, 2007 (10:44 am)

    I’m a big supporter of ANY moves towards thinking and acting more responsibly when it comes to the environment, but I just want to throw something out there.

    Here’s an excellent post from The Sightline Institute (local purveyors of environmental reason) noting that what you put in the bag is about 186 times more important than the bag itself. I try to avoid writing entire sentences in all caps, so that last one is worth reading again.

    Here’s the post:

    Please check it out.

    Mark W

  • Delivery Driver November 19, 2007 (12:04 pm)

    Yikes! I kind of like their white “signature” shopping bags. They make great bags for newspaper recycling. Maybe I’ll incorporate a hybrid of the two.

  • dq November 19, 2007 (1:25 pm)

    …and they already give you a discount if you reuse those white paper bags (however, i am glad that they will have a REbag)

  • flowerpetal November 19, 2007 (2:21 pm)

    Spend $50 at the Metropolitan Market? I’d find it challenging to get out of that store without spending $50.
    It reminds me of a time when I was having a friendly conversation with a lady in one of the aisles at MM. I referred to the MM as a “grocery store” and she gasped! “This is not a grocery store; it is a destination!!!”
    Oops. My faux pas.

  • jmland November 19, 2007 (3:45 pm)

    i was in france this summer and noticed that most grocery stores did not have bags readily available to customers. i didn’t have a bag with me, so i panicked for a second wondering how i’d get my groceries back to my apartment. when i asked, the clerk said they could give me a bag, but would charge me 10 cents per bag. when i paid, she pulled some out of a secret compartment at the register. now THAT’s the way to promote bag reuse.

    but yes, MW is correct: what goes into the bag is infinitely more important!

  • Erik November 19, 2007 (3:59 pm)

    Checking my stash of white ‘MM’ paper grocery bags you’d think it was my destination too!

  • chas redmond November 19, 2007 (11:22 pm)

    Sort of too bad since the existing white MM bags with handles, when stuffed one inside the other and layered on the bottom with a lesser paper bag make the perfect under-the-sink or utility-room kitchen compost container. the whole thing can then be tossed into either your home compost or the city’s compostable yard waste containers.

  • Thomas November 20, 2007 (9:53 am)

    Oh wow, a free bag! That’s got to be way better than the cloth bags I’ve already got.

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