Media Contact:             Lori Willis

                                    Director of Communications


Sept. 26, 2007


Paper, Plastic or PLANET?

Customers Invited to “Brown Bag It” with Reusable Grocery Bags


            ST. LOUISSchnuck Markets, Inc. is encouraging customers to choose to reuse by offering reusable grocery bags with handles that not only ease their grocery loads but also ease the burden on the environment.

            According to Schnucks Category Manager Joe Duggan, Schnucks has entered a partnership with Earthwise Bag Company, Inc., of Commerce, Calif., and is offering the brown “earth” bags for sale at the advertised price of 10 for $10 ($1 a piece).  “The bags are a combination of functionality and aesthetics, giving consumers a sturdy, bag at a very affordable price,” he said. 

            Duggan added that the reusable bags hold more than traditional plastic bags and will stand up to multiple shopping trips.  “Many of our customers have told us they want a third option when checking out in addition to the usual ‘paper or plastic.’  While we encourage our shoppers to use the new alternative, the traditional choices still will be available at no additional cost.”

            Schnucks had offered reusable canvas bags for several years, but this new version is washable and easier to produce at a price that Duggan says should help increase usage.  The bags measure 13.5” high x 12.5” wide x 8.5” deep and include a thin plastic base to stabilize the bags while packing.  They are made of 100% non-woven polypropylene – a material commonly found in the healthcare, packaging and floor covering.  Non-woven polypropylene is lightweight and durable, recyclable and reusable, resistant to corrosion, hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.


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