First come, first-served
A Texas-grown supermarket chain is helping to create a greener world in a Texas-sized fashion.
Employees at every H-E-B store throughout the Lone Star State, including the Austin locations, are handing out 250,000 commemorative Earth Day 2012 reusable shopping bags from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The totes are free in exchange for five or more plastic bags from any retailer for the company’s community recycling efforts. Participants receive a coupon for one reusable tote per person while supplies last.
The reusable Earth Day bags are also for purchase every day at H-E-B stores for $1 each, with five percent of sales donated to Keep Texas Beautiful.
“At H-E-B, we look forward to Earth Day all year,” says Susan Ghertner, H-E-B director of environmental affairs. “Our bag giveaway promotion is a great way to help our customers make a small change that can add up to a big difference for our communities.”
Last year, H-E-B and its customers recycled 4.1 million pounds of plastic bags through the bag exchange program, various in-store events and recycling partnerships with elementary schools during the grocery store’s weeklong Earth Day festivities.