Sunday, May 31, 2009
Bags for the People
I met the women who sell pickles for Hawthorne Valley at the Union Square Farmer's Market. They're concerned about all the plastic being used at that market, and wanted to find a way to avoid using plastic at all. It was like looking in a mirror, except that these lovely ladies were younger and hipper than myself, and had figured out a stylish solution: make quick cloth bags out of fabric scraps, and give them to market customers for free. Meet Bags for the People (dot org, of course). They're now spreading the word about the danger of plastics through teaching and social events called "sweatshop socials."