H-E-B to give away reusable bags
Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
As part of the company's ongoing efforts to do its part to take care of Texas, H-E-B is celebrating Earth Day by giving away 250,000 reusable shopping bags to customers statewide. For the fifth consecutive year, H-E-B will encourage shoppers to keep the environment and plastic bag recycling top of mind year-round with its reusable bag giveaway.
To show customers "it's easy being green", H-E-B will give away 250,000 specially designed commemorative Earth Day reusable shopping bags. Taking place Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., this effort will help to eliminate more than 1 million plastic bags from the environment. Customers who bring in five or more plastic bags for recycling will receive a coupon for one free reusable H-E-B shopping bag. The program is taking place during this four hour time period at all H-E-B stores across Texas. Last year, H-E-B and its customers recycled 4.1 million pounds of plastic bags.
Plastic bags turned in for recycling may be from any retailer. No purchase is necessary, but there is a limit of one free reusable bag per customer while supplies last.
"At H-E-B, we look forward to Earth Day all year. 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,"said Susan Ghertner, H-E-B Director of Environmental Affairs.
H-E-B stores across the state will host various in-store activities from April 16 – April 22. Last year, nearly 60 H-E-B stores partnered with local elementary schools to collect 958,000 plastic bags for recycling. This year, 97 schools are participating in the program with 88 H-E-B stores. From Earth Day plastic bag recycling contests in schools, to story times for children, neighborhood clean-ups and tree plantings, H-E-B is working hard to educate customers about the importance of being good environmental stewards. Visit www.heb.com for Earth Day activities scheduled at local stores.
In addition, H-E-B has launched a checkstand tear pad campaign in partnership with EarthShare of Texas, a non-profit that supports dozens of respected environmental and conservation groups. Customers can choose to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout to be added to their grocery bill.
Available every day at H-E-B, shoppers can select and purchase a variety of artistic designed reusable bags. Five cents from each reusable bag sale, up to a maximum of $50,000, will be donated to Keep Texas Beautiful to support their efforts to beautify and improve community environments.
"H-E-B takes great pride in making it convenient for our shoppers to make environmentally sustainable choices in their daily lives," said Leticia Mendoza, Public Affairs Specialist, H-E-B Central Texas Region.