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16th August 2008

“Made in Lowell, MA USA”

posted in City Life, Environment |

I was in Trader’s Joe’s in Nashua Tyngsboro today when I noticed a collection of reusable grocery bags for sale. The brightly colored red bags with a black-and-white store motif caught my attention immediately, and then I realized they were made in Lowell! The tag, printed on recycled paper, noted that not only were the bags “distributed and sold exclusively for Trader Joe’s, Monrovia, CA,” but they were made of “heavy duty 100% cotton” with reinforced stress points. At a cost of $2.99 each, I decided to buy one even though I had my own collection of reusable grocery bags with me. At the checkout, I mentioned to the cashier that I couldn’t resist buying a bag made in Lowell, and he told me I was the second customer this week to comment on them. He also pointed out that he had seen a five-fold increase in the number of customers bringing their own bags to the store in the last year, a fact he attributed, in part, to TJ’s efforts to provide incentives for East Coast customers to bring their own bags—something they’ve been doing in California, where the company is based, for years. (When you use your own bag, you enter a drawing to win $25 in TJ products.) My otherwise uneventful trip to the grocery ended on an upbeat note: more folks getting away from using environmentally unfriendly plastic bags and quality workmanship being made in my home city. Now if we could just get them to open a store downtown…

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  1. 1 On August 17th, 2008, paul@01852 said:

    I wonder if the bags aren’t made of surplus material spun in the National Park mills as part of the demonstrations?

  2. 2 On August 18th, 2008, Lynne said:

    Technically the TD’s is in Tyngsboro, isn’t it?

    Anyway, very cool. I now have enough bags, myself, to satisfy all of my shopping trips. The one thing that is still a problem is remembering to put them back into the car after unloading, but nowadays I almost always remember at least before I head out to the grocery store, so that’s an improvement. Also, I’ve pretty much 100% of the time refused bags when getting one or two items at the hardware or drug store. It’s not that hard to carry out a can of hairspray or a box of nails without putting it into a wasteful plastic bag. :)

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