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Reusable nylon shopping bags fund new public green space
The feedback has been awesome, "great idea", "who came up with this", "I love this!"…Thanks, Michelle Barile, Coordinator, Commercial Drive Business Society
We discussed the possibility of remanufacturing them with Bei Linda Tang, owner of Dream Designs — a clothing and housewares retailer on Commercial Drive. She was very excited about the idea and designed and manufactured the first 3 editions of bags. In her words, "We are pleased to contribute to this fabulous community initiative by designing and manufacturing these shopping bags on a cost recovery basis. Each of them is a unique embodiment of the Commercial Drive history that we are proud to be part of."
Commercial Drive retailers were asked if they would be willing to donate all proceeds towards greening the neighbourhood. The response was amazing! Our only concern was supplying them each with adequate inventory! We now have a revenue stream in place to develop new public green spaces in the neighbourhood.
When the most recent edition of bags is sold out, we will have raised over $14,000 for our green space fund. The latest edition of bags was produced by the Kettle Friendship Society — a neighbourhood non-profit society that provides employment opportunities for people living with mental illness.
This project has received amazing international exposure; been translated into at least 6 different languages and been featured on dozens of websites and publications around the world. We've also provided details to other business districts that are now emulating this in their own neighbourhoods.
For more information and a complete list of Commercial Drive retailers visit: http://www.thedrive.ca/bags.shtm