Estes Park Saves 67,582 Bags During The CAST Challenge
Estes Park residents and visitors saved 67,582 plastic bags by using reusable bags – all part of the 2009 Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge March 1 through September 1. Locally facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the CAST challenge was a friendly competition among 31 mountain towns in the Western United States. The goal of the challenge was to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags and raise awareness of the economic, environmental and social impacts of single-use shopping bags. Collectively, participating towns eliminated the consumption of an estimated 5.3-million single-use disposable bags.
The Colorado town of Basalt won the challenge, which was determined on a per capita basis by which community used the most reusable bags during the six-month period. The prize was a solar panel installation for a public school in the community.
Estes Park took 11th place among the 31 participating towns with a per capita bag savings of 10.78. Participating local businesses included Safeway, A La Carte, Earthwood Artisans, Sphere of Influence, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Local Roots Co-Op, Lizzie’s Boutique, Estes Park Public Library, True Value and Rocky Mountain Pharmacy.
Other participating towns included Telluride, Aspen, Mountain Village, Snowmass Village, Carbondale, Gunnison, Silverthorne, Dillon, Breckenridge, Frisco, Granby, Winter Park, Fraser, Avon, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte, Durango, Eagle, Edwards, Grand Lake, Gypsum, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Gunnison and Vail. Jackson Hole, WY, Park City, UT, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue also participated.
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