How the plastic bag ban affects the farmers market
It's happened to all of us: going into store only to realize we forgot our reusable shopping bag. Since the Sustainable Shopping Initiative took effect Jan. 1, there have been some gray areas with the bill around non-retail vendors like Beaverton Farmers Market.
As a reminder, vendors can provide self-serve, plastic or paper handle-less bags for bulk items like produce, frozen foods, bakery items or any product, like a potted plant, to address the issues of dampness or sanitation. Keep in mind, though, that these single-use bags will be available, but not at the cash register.
If you have forgotten your reusable bag, vendors will sell paper bags, or stop by the information booth to purchase a reusable bag.
This can be an adjustment for all of us, though many of our customers have been bringing their reusable bags for years. If you're new to using reusable bags, here are a few tips:
-Along with your reusable plastic bags, buy two high-quality fabric bags, one for produce and one for meats. Wash them after every use to avoid contaminants.
-Keep your bags in the car to help you remember. If you forget your bags at the grocery store, it's only a short walk to your car to retrieve them.
-Have your family involved. Children love simple tasks that prove their responsibility and explain how eliminating single-use plastics can help the environment.
We are all in this together and doing our part to make our planet a better place. See you on Saturday!
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton