The April 2008 Bloomingarts Series exhibit focuses on our shoppers as they find alternatives to plastic and paper bags. It's our way of celebrating Earth Day (April 22), to help emphasize the fact that making small changes every day can have a cumulative positive impact on the environment.
Here are the alarming facts:
However, positive changes are in the air. Many countries have banned or taken action to discourage the use of plastic bags. These include Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Taiwan. Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, also has banned plastic bags.
â¦and from the photgrapher, Darcy Harvey:
The April Bloomingarts series features photos of our members, shoppers, and staff sporting our assortment of reusable bags, including the new brown recycled tote from 1 Bag at a Time, available for only 99Â¢ at all three Bloomingfoods stores. For more about the show, please see below.
One of my favorite bags - which I use for a purse and to carry my groceries - is from the Women's Alliance and Children's Association (WAACHA), makers of Ugandan Fair Trade backpacks. These backpacks are made of sturdy cotton and come in an assortment of beautiful patterns. The coolest feature is the name and a note from of the person who made the bag on the tag. The proceeds from these bags go to help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Do It Yourself - DIY - artisans also do amazing things to reuse materials and reduce waste. We have one on our staff, Julie Harries, who has fashioned change purses from reclaimed Equal Exchange coffee bags. We sell these for under $5 - they are a steal! As consumers, we have the power to change things by consciously making the switch to reusable bags. Let's do our part!
The BloomingArts Series exists to support and promote emerging artists, highlight community organizations, and provide artists in neighboring counties a place to show their work in Bloomington. We use the cafÃ© spaces at our East 3rd Street & West 6th Street locations to feature new art each month. To learn more, contact Jean Kautt.